New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice
For immediate release- November 30, 2009
Times & Transcript reported, on November 30, 2009, these words from Kelly Lamrock - " I hope at some point (CFSJ) will join some of the other poverty groups who have moved from citing problems to proposing solutions, because I need everyone's help on this."
"We, as Common Front members, are more than open and willing to work with the new Social Development minister to find solutions to the poverty solutions?" says Linda McCaustlin, co-chair of the Common Front for Social Justice.
"Our November 27, 2009 news conference was to highlight some specific cases that had fallen through the cracks. The CFSJ also wanted to make a concrete proposal to work with the Minister on the revision of his Department's policy manual. Such a revision was not included in the Poverty Plan" continues Ms. McCaustlin.
CFSJ's proposal was- The NB government must set up, as soon as possible, a working group, composed of representatives from the CFSJ, of NB citizens who are on social assistance and of high level civil servants from the Department of Social Development. Their mandate should be to completely revise the Social Assistance Policy Manual. Insensitive and unduly restrictive articles should be removed. The certification process to be recognized as a disabled person should be broadened and not exclude people with serious limitations preventing them to function normally for the rest of their lives.
"In January 2009, the Common Front for Social Justice published a document where there were specific solutions to reduce poverty in this province." says Ms. McCaustlin
This document was endorsed by nineteen different organizations(1). Examples of these proposals were: