Ontario Tory MPP Barrett Proposes ODSP Improvements

Friday, April 09, 2010
posted by talk talk talk / Shireen

ODSP (Ontario Disability Support Program) is an odorous program that essential consigns people with disabilities to a life of despairing poverty, penalizing them for having acquired injuries, chronic illnesses, and work-interfering conditions. If you're not a "productive" member of society, then we shall make your life a living hell with no way out. Got CPP Disability, we'll take that away from you. Got victim compensation, even if you're a child, we'll take that away from you. Got assets and savings that'll allow you to pay for your extra and expensive medical needs or (gasp) repairs to your home, we won't cover you. If you try to work, even a little bit, your pathetic allotment shall be cut by taking 50% of your earnings to spiral you down further. And now we think you should go back to your cheap junk food diet, no more food supplements so that you can eat healthily like your fellow productive members of society.

But in comes Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett with a bill to remedy partially this despicable situation, which bill shall be debated at Queen's Park on 22 April 2010.

MPP Barrett wants to

He proposes

That raise in asset levels will probably disappear at the first required home repair or drain slowly to pay for increased hydro bills and for unreal food inflation costs or drop a lot to pay for some non-drug treatments as they become available or known to the person (although ODSP should cover medical expenses but I don't know much about which are allowed and which not).

To compare: for an individual to receive about the same incomefrom liquid capital assets as they would from ODSP, they'd need about $150,000 to $200,000 invested. But such a person would actually be behind as they would not have the medical coverage or TTC supplements. Also income would fluctuate with the economy. If, though, such a person put that kind of capital investment in a safe vehicle like GICs instead of stocks to eliminate most fluctuations, they would need a much larger amount than $200,000 invested from which to draw a comparable income. So $12,000 in assets may seem like a lot but it's not even close to providing a livable income, nor would even $50,000 to $100,000, which is what I think the fear is when determining allowable assets: that a person would use ODSP as gravy on their asset income and possible work income. But the thing about disability is that it often precludes the ability to work regularly or at all. So without some sort of extra income from assets and no possibility of work income, a person on the punitive ODSP can barely afford food, shelter, and clothing -- never mind treats like cable or good food or a movie out every few months or renting a DVD or a weekly latte or buying that coveted iPad -- and never will have that chance. Another reason to eliminate all these special programs and supplements and just go with a minimum guaranteed income already.

I'm happy to see MPP Barrett propose this kind of bill, it's a tiny step forward, but where does it leave those who can't work at all? In despair.

Reproduced from http://pario.blogspot.com/2010/04/ontario-tory-mpp-barrett-proposes-odsp.html

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