Thursday, September 15, 2005

The British Columbia Government's September, 2005, Budget Update Contains Some Measures for Seniors

Yesterday, in the Budget Update, the Government of British Columbia announced some spending measures directed at seniors, especially low income seniors. I have posted an excerpt from the press release below.

"IMPROVED SUPPORT FOR SENIORS AT HEART OF BUDGET UPDATE: The September Budget Update provides an additional $242 million over three years to improve the lives of senior citizens. New measures include:
� Renewing the Seniors Supplement, to provide a monthly benefit for approximately 40,000 low income seniors;
� Doubling annual funding for the Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER) program, to improve subsidies for lower income seniors who rent, and expand coverage to those who own manufactured homes and pay monthly pad rentals; the changes will apply to approximately 12,000 seniors already receiving SAFER benefits and open the program to an additional 7,200 senior citizens; and
� Updating existing seniors health facilities and strengthening and modernizing the full range of services for seniors, to help them live as independently as possible."

More information on the Budget Update is available here.

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