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OPSEU member leads court challenge against social assistance cut

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The Toronto Star is reporting on the court challenge being launched by the Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC) against one of the Ford government’s many cuts to social assistance

“The cut to social assistance for children will mean no money for their necessities such as food, clothing or diapers and will have a devastating impact on the health and well-being of children,” said ISAC lawyer and OPSEU Local 5118 member Jackie Esmonde in the notice of claim.

The legal challenge focusses on the Transition Child Benefit, which has helped support tens of thousands of children every month. The government has said it plans to cut the benefit on Nov. 1.

The Income Security Advocacy Centre is a public legal clinic funded through the province’s legal aid system.