Firstly, the government has an absolutely crucial role to play in helping those who can’t provide for themselves. However, we have to be smart about how we help them. We have learnt that just giving money without any expectations creates a cycle of dependency that leaves many families mired in poverty and abuse, unable to take control of their lives.
The latest changes to social assistance in Manitoba emphasize work as the key to moving from welfare to independence. But does this plan recognize the real obstacles faced by the poor and those who advocate for them?
Lasting and meaningful welfare reform will come about only when we reduce incentives to stay on welfare, pare back the chunk taken out of every paycheque in various taxes, and use public funds effectively.
Many social agencies are “poverty pimps,” living high off the hog while their clients remain trapped in dysfunctional neighbourhoods? A front-line perspective from a Winnipeg icon.
Latest federal childrens plan puts parents in a daycare straitjacket. When it comes to looking after their children, they need the government to help give them more, not less, choice
Do falling welfare caseloads mean more misery for the poor, or is something else at work?
Separating administration from delivery works wonders for child welfare services in 3 American states.