The new BC provincial budget was tabled on February 16, 2016. In the budget, the Province of BC gives People with Disabilities a small increase to their disability benefits but there was a catch. The $77 per month increase is decieving, as it was tied to the cost of a person's transportation, effectively giving most urban recipents only a $25 increase - the first in nine years.
People with disabilities will receive a $77 per month increase to their benefits.
People receiving PWD benefits will no longer be able to purchase an annual bus pass for a $45 annual fee.
The cost of the bus pass will go up from $0 to $52 per month, plus an annual $45 administration fee.
For people with a bus pass, the new change means a $25/month PWD benefit rate increase. After a nine-year rate freeze, this is an insult.