Good news as NB government reverses loss of $1,000 benefit over $1.70
New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham
Mike Kennedy had an annual $1,000 disability supplement returned in a common sense decision by the Graham Liberal government of New Brunswick.
Kennedy who is disabled with MS and cannot work lives on an annual disability pension of $ 7,000. When the federal pension went up $1.76 a month or $21 a year, the Province of New Brunswick cut off Kennedy’s annual $1,000 disability supplement that pays for fuel oil and other large living expenses.
“Those New Brunswickers who are living with disabilities, if their income is a few dollars over, we simply reduce the benefit by that number of dollars, but they still get it, and that’s important because they need it,” said Lamrock, who ordered changes to the cut-off policy after hearing about Kennedy’s case. In addition, the disability supplement will now be given out in monthly payments instead of a lump sum, he said.” Continue reading →
A member of New Brunswick’s official opposition is going to bat for a disabled Moncton man who has been turned down for a provincial disability pension.
CBC News – On Wednesday, Tory critic Jack Carr called on Social Development Minister Kelly Lamrock to intervene and use his power to give Mike Kennedy the provincial disability supplement.
It is somewhat ironic that Liberal NB Premier Graham got elected on poverty reform and has essentially repudiated his promises. The Liberal Premier of PEI, Robert Ghiz, has essentially done the same thing.
Kennedy recently found out he wasn’t eligible for the $1,000 per year supplement because he gets too much in a federal pension. His federal disability pension is $619.70 per month — just $1.70 over the limit to be eligible for the provincial supplement.
Carr said that Lamrock recently held up Kennedy’s situation as an example of how the system isn’t working and it sounded like the minister was going to intervene.
But 10 days later, Kennedy received a letter saying his appeal had been denied.
Sounds like time for a letter writing campaign to Premier Graham to show some reasonableness for those in dire straits
CBC NB confirms the New Brunswick government will not bend for Mike Kennedy who lives with MS on CP Disability and who got cut off by New Brunswick when his pension cheque went $1.75 above the threshold.