Not too long ago I blogged about Ontario doctors being investigated for welfare abuse because they were completing paperwork that allowed some of their patients to “fraudulently” claim an additional dietary allowance intended for people with chronic illnesses.
There’s now a movement afoot to impress upon the Ontario government the need to increase the welfare rates across the board so ALL recipients – not just the chronically ill ones – can afford to eat.
As part of that campaign, there’s a website called Do the Math. It allows each of us to calculate, category by category, how much money we think a single person in Ontario needs, at a minimum, to live on. It then compares that number to the actual amount a single person on Ontario Works or ODSP (Ontario Disability Support Program) receives in welfare benefits.
It’s interesting because each person gets to decide what they think is a necessary or reasonable expense for someone receiving welfare. For example, do you think they should have Internet access? Pet food? Haircuts?
If you do Do the Math, I’d be curious to hear your results. (I’ll reveal my magic number in the comments tomorrow.)
(Hat tip to poverty activist Terrie Meehan for telling me about the Do the Math site.)