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Consultation Meeting: Income Guarantee and Welfare Rates

consultation meeting: Despite this, the recent provincial budget committed only 4 million to model such a program, most likely a top-up to our abysmal welfare rates and low-wages, according to Vancouver Observer. A top-up will provide only minimal relief to those in poverty and be a boon to low-wage employers who can continue to keep wages low. At a recent consultation meeting in Richmond, I heard from the coordinators that implementing an income guarantee has so far been the number one poverty reduction recommendation made by the public at the consultations. The group I belong to, Livable Income Vancouver, believes that instead we need implementation of a Guaranteed Livable Income GLI an income guarantee that is universal, unconditional, individual, and set at rate that meets the cost of living. These include movements to end violence against women, for racial justice, against poverty, and for health and wellbeing. Livable Income Vancouver is calling on both our provincial and federal governments to implement a GLI that will promote the greatest autonomy, security, wellbeing and equality for all in B.C. Livable Income Vancouver is a group of individuals who have been active in movements for greater equality and freedom in Vancouver for many years. ( As reported in the news.