Common Campaign Coalition Hard At Work
July 27, 2011 Poverty Reduction
The Hamilton Common Campaign Coalition (CCC) continues to raise awareness on poverty issues
The CCC is a gathering of like-minded people working across all parts of society who were active during the last year’s 2010 municipal election. in ensuring Poverty Reduction was a key priority for all Hamilton residents, candidates and incumbents.
Now the CCC is campaigning to make poverty elimination a priority for the candidates in this year’s provincial election. They’ve been knocking on doors already in advance of the October 6th vote.
The CCC demands focus on three specific areas.
First, they’re calling for an end to working poverty achievable by increasing the minimum wage. The idea is that there needs to be a statutory minimum wage framework so that all full time workers will have sufficient earnings so that their basic income is 10% above poverty.
On the housing front, the group, among other things, wants a province wide housing benefit that would pay part of the gap between rent and income for tenants who pay more than 30% of their income on rent.
The third demand deals with necessary changes to social assistance. Rates should be increased by $100 per month for all adults on Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program. That ought to happen immediately and shouldn’t be held up by the Social Assistance Reform Commission whose recommendations aren’t due until June 2012. In addition, evidence based rates need to be established (so assistance rates reflect the real costs of living), income rules must be changed and asset limits must be increased.