Monday, 12 November 2007

'Welfare to Work' Didn't Work

No real surprises here. Also no real surprise that this gets covered by The Tyee and not by the mainstream media. Who will probably continue to publish the government's half truths and deceptions. Because they appeal to that "common sense" that "knows" welfare claimants are all simply lazy scroungers, and does not recognize barriers to employment until someone they know actaully hits one. A bit like racism - 'they' all conform to a stereotype except those known personally to the speaker.
Claude Richmond, the minister responsible for welfare in B.C., wrote a letter to the editor of the Times-Colonist stating, "Federal/provincial taxation data shows 81.5 per cent of expected-to-work clients who left income assistance did so for employment."

While the minister's letter assures us that 81.5 per cent of expected-to-work clients who left income assistance did so for employment, this is actually a small reduction from the past when 83 per cent declared employment income.

And so on. Lots of promises - not one of them kept, and absolutely no attempt to own up to failure. Just bury the bad news and hope nobody notices.

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