Make Poverty History Manitoba (MPHM) has written an Open Letter to the Manitoba Government for urgent action to support those struggling with poverty during the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 disproportionately affects people living in poverty as income is a social determinant of health. MPHM is concerned that the Manitoba government is making matters worse, particularly in relation to:
- Employment and Income Assistance Claw Back
- Increase EIA rates and move to a Liveable Basic Needs Benefit
- Eviction ban should be reinstated and a plan created
The Government of Manitoba can reduce poverty and homelessness and stop the spread of COVID-19 through immediate action:
- Fully exempt the CERB, CRB and other federal COVID-19 recovery measures from EIA claw backs to ensure EIA benefits are not interrupted or reduced.
- Increase the EIA allowances for single adults by $383 per month and for people with disabilities by $236 per month and transform EIA into a Liveable Basic Needs Benefit.
- Reinstate the provincial eviction ban to prevent homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic.
MPHM is circulating a petition on the above to be tabled in the Manitoba Legislature.
MPHM is a multi-sectoral collaborative coalition with over 150 member organizations committed to changing public policy to achieve a Manitoba without poverty. MPHM has been petitioning the Manitoba Government for action on poverty for over 15 years.
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THANK YOU for doing the letter ,, I’m on EIA disability myself and I can’t understand the way these numbers for EIA/DIS , To me the federal government said $2,000/ per person per month to SUSTAIN the BASIC human needs.
Well it’s very apparent WE are NOT ALLOWED to have basic human needs met. We have no value.
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