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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Seniors in prison will lose government benefits

Today's National Post reports that the federal government is about to pass a new law that states that seniors in federal prisons (and therefore serving at least two years' incarceration) are going to lose their government benefits. The logic behind it is that OAS and GIS are intended to cover the very basic needs of a senior, but while they are in prison their very basic needs of accommodation, food, heat etc are already being paid for out of public funds. The federal government is negotiating with the provinces to see whether they will follow suit for senior prisoners in provincial jails (usually serving less than two years). Click here to read the story.

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