Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Overhauls Social Assistance Programs; Benefits Change for Thousands

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Overhauls Social Assistance Programs; Benefits Change for Thousands

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Saskatchewan overhauls social assistance

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REGINA - The Saskatchewan government is changing how people on social assistance get help paying for home repairs or special diets.

A home repair benefit is being cut to save the government about $260,000 a year and instead people will have to apply to the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation's emergency repair program.

Social Services Minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor says that means homeowners would be responsible for things like a broken faucet, but a broken furnace would be an emergency and covered with a forgivable loan.

More than 1,300 people who get a special 3,000-plus calorie diet benefit will now have be assessed by a dietitian, who will cost out a diet specific to someone's medical condition.

The province is also changing how it recovers cash from about 10,300 people who were overpaid through social assistance programs. …

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