URBAN CORE POVERTY REDUCTION STRATEGY SUBMISSION
The Policy Position Statement linked below was produced by Urban Core in collaboration with member organizations the Local Economic Development Lab and Exchange Inner City. February 2018.
- Improve the income assistance application process
- Strengthen community supports for applying to income assistance
- Improve access to more supportive income assistance categories such as Person with Disabilities (PWD) and Person with Persistent Multiple Barriers (PPMB)
- Commit to continual service improvement consulting recipients of income assistance
- Develop a new evidence informed income assistance distribution framework that emphasizes convenience and community wellbeing
- Remove earning exemptions limits for PWD and PPMB clients
- Eliminate the application of the two year financial independent test
- Reform the Employment Program of BC to reflect the nuance and flexibility of today’s workfoce
- Increase support to social enterprises and non-profits that are filling gaps in Ministry employment service provision
- Recognize and embrance the full Income Generation Continuum
- Develop new ways to measure success that prioritize wellbeing and stability
Review the full Urban Core Policy Position Statement and List of Signatories.
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Supported Research and Information
- Atira’s Social Return on Investment Report in partnership with Ernst & Young
- VanCity Community Foundation’s Demonstrating Value Data
- Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives 2008 Report for BC Economic Security Project “Living on Welfare”
- Urban Core & Exchange Inner City Impact Stories
- BCCSU’s Cheque Day Study
- BC Government Service Design Team
- Wan der Wel, K. A., & Halvorsen, K. (2014). The bigger the worse? A comparative study of the welfare state and employment commitment.
- Vuolo, M., Mortimer, J. T., & Staff, J. (2014). Adolescent precursors of pathways from school to work.