Comments concerning the Regulation to amend the Individual and Family Assistance Regulation
In a letter to the Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity, the Ombudsperson expresses concern about the amendments to the Individual and Family Assistance Regulation. Although she agrees with certain principles of the Draft Regulation, particularly the prevention of abuse, she fears that it increases the vulnerability of some social assistance recipients. Ms. Saint-Germain makes three recommendations to the Minister:
- That access to the temporarily limited capacity allowance be maintained for recipients 55 years old or over, until the statistics and studies indicate a positive evolution of their employability and the impact of government employment assistance programs.
- That the current conditions of eligibility for special benefits for living expenses for additional services with accommodations be maintained. On this question, the Ombudsperson believes that the duration and number of stays at a centre offering addiction should depend on clinical criteria rather than a predetermined standard.
- That a provision be added to the Draft Regulation to ensure that the rates for the special benefits set out in the Regulation correspond to the actual costs disbursed by the recipients.