Comment 40980

By grassroots are the way forward (registered) | Posted May 20, 2010 at 21:29:22

How I intrepret a guaranteed income, would that people would be guaranteed an income to a set level. So if was worker was earning less then the set amount, then they would somehow be top off.

It could mean that those who are on social assistance, ODSP, OAS, CPP, would receive a top up of some sort.

The people I was speaking with at the forum, those who are on some sort of social assistance, were split on a guaranteed income per se, they want an amount that would make things easier, so an example would be to have extra dollars for a class trip or pizza day for their children, or if they needed school supplies or clothing, to buy nutricious food.

I think it is important to understand that those who work for agencies and such who advocate, have a different view then those on the system. Sometimes while they on social assistance may want some extra dollars, their focus is on other things like daycare, the ability to back to school, bus passes, to be able to have their children participate in recreational events, the ability to take their children to a movie or a day out.

That is why I say it is important to actually hear the voices of those who live in poverty opposed to those who do not live in poverty but who advocate and giving feedback. Sometimes it is two different things.

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