- Legal Action: On October 14, 2014, three families and the Single Mothers’ Alliance of BC filed a legal action in the BC Supreme Court to challenge the clawback of child support payments from families on income and disability assistance in BC. The case alleges that deducting child support from families on assistance violates their right to equality under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Read the press release from the Community Legal Assistance Societies’ website.
- Minister to attend First Call Coalition Meeting: At the legislature’s public accounts committee meeting MLA David Eby asked about the impacts of child support payment clawbacks on children. Molly Harrington, the assistant deputy minister for the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation, responded by saying that they would be seeking to discuss the impacts with First Call coalition members. First Call has followed up with Molly Harrington and she and other ministry staff will be attending the November coalition meeting, and Minster Don McRae will be attending First Call’s December coalition meeting. We encourage our partners and supporters to attend these coalition meetings to offer feedback on the impact of the clawbacks.
- UBCM Motion Passed: Maple Ridge put forward a motion to the Union of BC Municipalities conference about the clawback of child support from single parents on income assistance. First Call wrote a letter to all of the Union of BC Municipalities convention delegates in support of this and other motions that are important to the rights and well-being of children and youth in BC. The motion passed and we are heartened by this show of support from our municipal representatives; however, we are disappointed that the resolution included a $300 monthly cap. We will continue to educate the public and our elected leaders about the importance not only of stopping the clawback, but of also allowing children to benefit from all the funds paid on their behalf.
Take Action: BC ACORN has an email tool where you can email the Minister of Social Development and Innovation, Don McRae, today and tell him to stop taking child support payments away from the poorest children in BC.