POVERTY COSTS CAMPAIGN RESPONDS TO RECOMMENDATIONS
MADE BY SASKATCHEWAN ADVISORY GROUP ON POVERTY REDUCTION:
GROUP ENCOURAGED BY PROGRESS & URGES PROVINCE TO TAKE SWIFT ACTION
Poverty Costs, the group behind last year’s report calculating the cost of poverty in Saskatchewan as $3.8 billion a year, is responding positively to today’s recommendations from the Saskatchewan Advisory Group on Poverty Reduction.
The Government of Saskatchewan committed to a poverty reduction strategy in the 2014 Speech from the Throne, and Poverty Costs applauds the recommendations that have come forward today from the Advisory Group on Poverty Reduction. In their previous reports Poverty Costs outlined that a successful poverty reduction plan requires clear and realistic targets, timelines, and accountability measures.
“Today’s report recommends the key features we are looking for in a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy. Particularly encouraging is the ambitious goal of reducing poverty by 50% over the next five years.” says spokesperson Charles Plante /Julie Kryzanowski.
Recent consultations led by Poverty Costs brought forth the voice of those living in poverty from across Saskatchewan, and this information was shared with the Advisory Group on Poverty Reduction. “Today’s recommendations resonate with what we heard from people across the province, including those with lived experience of poverty -- that there is enthusiastic support for an effective plan to reduce poverty in Saskatchewan.”
“Poverty Costs looks forward to seeing the final strategy. We urge the Government to implement first those recommendations that will be effective in reaching the stated goal.” says Plante.
Poverty Costs’ reports can be accessed by visiting http://www.povertycosts.ca/resources
Poverty Costs is a joint initiative lead by the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre, the Saskatoon Anti-Poverty Coalition, Upstream, the Saskatoon Health Region, and the Saskatoon Poverty Reduction Partnership.
Click here to access the Advisory Group on Poverty Reduction's recommendation report.