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New Year’s weekend letters from seniors about GIS clawback

"If ever there was a time to help vulnerable seniors..."

Monday January 3, 2022 | NATIONAL

LETTERS posted by Island Social Trends


Over the New Year’s long weekend, Island Social Trends received two more letters from seniors who are impacted by the federal clawback of the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS):

  • Hello, I have recently been cut off my guaranteed income support. My rent is $1,282 and my income without GIS is $1,244, Not even enough to pay my rent let alone food and bills. If ever there was a time to help vulnerable seniors now would be the time. Thank you for your consideration in this matter. ~ Teri Dennis, Ontario
  • Mr. Trudeau and Liberal Government: This is my breakdown of the CERB clawback. Say you’re a poor senior on GIS and you’re walking down a street in 2020, you read a paper and see a way of getting ahead with food and other very necessary bills etc. So you apply for the CERB and get it. Then you get beaten down for taking the CERB, thanks to the clawback in 2021. Now with all your talk of helping the retired poor, how the hell do you see this clawback as helping the retired poor people of this country of ours? ~ Bob Maxwell, Sidney, BC

Obviously it was another rough start to the month if seniors don’t have enough money to pay the rent.

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The Guaranteed Income Supplement was lost by as many as 88,000 low-income seniors starting July 2021 for having taken CERB/CRB in 2020.

We’ve been receiving letters about the GIS clawback since August of last year (see archive below).

===== RELATED:

Federal grind on low-income seniors & families continues in new year (January 3, 2022)

New Year’s Message from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (December 31, 2021)

Huge letdown for low-income seniors as GIS clawback repayment promise drags on (December 16, 2021)

NDP: GIS clawback must end before Xmas (December 13, 2021)

NDP: GIS & CCB clawbacks could be repaid immediately in full (December 8, 2021)

LETTER: GIS clawback could lead to homelessness & worse (December 2, 2021)

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===== ARCHIVE of GIS LETTERS & ARTICLES:

Liberals again acknowledge GIS clawback issue as NDP keeps pushing (November 30, 2021)

NDP calls for emergency debate around low-income family & seniors clawbacks (November 24, 2021)

NDP rolls into 44th Parliament with priorities to help people (November 22, 2021)

Restoring GIS & Canada Child Benefit important for low-income islanders (November 18, 2021)

LETTER: Losing GIS means needing help to pay the rent (November 17, 2021)

44th parliament: NDP to take on housing, GIS & CERB amnesty within affordability, also climate crisis (November 9, 2021)

Seniors Minister weighs in on what NDP calls GIS clawback (November 8, 2021)

NDP requests immediate government action to reverse GIS clawback (November 3, 2021)

LETTER: senior faces potential eviction due to GIS clawback (Oct 27, 2021)

LETTER: GIS clawback continues after election (October 19, 2021)

LETTER: GIS clawback means food vs rent (September 19, 2021)

NDP candidate mojo: we fight for you (September 19, 2021)

LETTER: GIS clawback means no bus pass (September 13, 2021)

LETTER: Hurting seniors with GIS clawback (September 5, 2021)

LETTER: Retired & depending on GIS (August 19, 2021)

LETTER: Suddenly losing Guaranteed Income Supplement by receiving CERB (August 10, 2021)

LETTER: Seniors suddenly losing Guaranteed Income Supplement if they took CERB (August 7, 2021)

Seniors who took CERB now losing GIS supplement & other benefits (August 4, 2021)

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