NB Common Front for Social Justice: NB's new anti-poverty plan misses mark on income security

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The New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice says the province's new anti-poverty plan unveiled Thursday misses the mark when it comes to income security.

The group says it's 'appalling' that the plan didn't include measures to increase social assistance rates, with about one-third of recipients not having received a rate increase since 2010.

Coordinator Jean-Claude Basque says his group proposed that New Brunswickers on social assistance should, over a ten-year period, attain a total annual revenue that would be equal to the Market Basket Measure, the poverty line.

But Basque says the new plan only proposes half of that and nothing concrete for employment standards either.

He says key components that would reduce poverty in the province, housing, childcare, and a drug plan, were left out and that solving poverty can't be done by relying on volunteers and communities.

Basque says government, through the tax system, has the means to make a real dent in the number of New Brunswickers living in poverty and that Ottawa's 'Canada Child Benefit', put in place in 2015, is an example of that.