Sask. groups mark International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Anti-poverty groups decry social service cuts
Anti-poverty groups in Saskatchewan are marking International Day for the Eradication of Poverty by drawing attention to what is going on in the province.
Poverty Free Saskatchewan, the Regina Anti-Poverty Ministry and the Regina Food Bank were among the groups speaking out on Monday.
"Over the past two years the government of Saskatchewan has initiated the development of a Poverty Reduction Strategy. After lengthy public consultations it released a long list of recommendations," Joanne Havelock, spokesperson with Poverty Free Saskatchewan, said in a news release.
"Unfortunately an actual plan to implement specific recommendations has yet to see the light of day."
Havelock said anti-poverty groups are concerned about announcements of funding cuts to social, health and education programs that support Saskatchewan's most vulnerable citizens.
Asked about social services cuts in the summer, Premier Brad Wall said there is no government in recent history that has provided more support to vulnerable people than the Saskatchewan Party government.