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More travel allowance needed for social assistance

Green MLAs Hannah Bell and Peter Bevan-Baker speak in the P.E.I. legislature in April 2018.
Green MLAs Hannah Bell and Peter Bevan-Baker speak in the P.E.I. legislature in April 2018. - File

Green Leader Peter Bevan-Baker is asking the province to consider a “substantial increase” to the transportation allowance paid to social assistance clients.

Bevan-Baker said during Wednesday’s question period that those in Crapaud with health emergencies must travel to Cornwall, since there is no family doctor in the south shore region.

He said there is a $25 per month social assistance allowance for travel, while a one-way taxi ride from Crapaud to Cornwall costs $59.

“A Crapaud social assistance client cannot even make one visit to a doctor in Cornwall.”

Family and Human Services Minister Tina Mundy said all social assistance programs are under review and that the department has a chit system with many taxi services. She said the department ensures social assistance clients who travel extensively for medical purposes do not incur out-of-pocket expenses.

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