B.C. groups call for end to clawback of child-support payments

The Georgia Straight April 3, 2013

THREE B.C. HUMAN rights organizations are urging the province’s political leaders to commit to changing a policy they say is affecting some of the most vulnerable children in the province.

In a letter addressed to Premier Christy Clark, NDP Leader Adrian Dix, Green Party leader Jane Sterk, and B.C. Conservative leader John Cummins, the organizations First Call, Community Legal Assistance Society, and West Coast LEAF are asking for a commitment to end the current clawback of all child-support payments from families on income assistance.

“We think that’s a great inequity, and unfair, and given how low welfare rates are, it really compromises children’s health and well-being to deprive them of that,” Adrienne Montani, provincial coordinator for First Call: B.C. Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition, told the Straight by phone.

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