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BCACL has written a letter to the Premier asking for her urgent attention to the CLBC funding crisis, using CLBC's own projections to show what we need in terms of funding. The letter asks for the Premier’s follow-up on specific cases of families who have asked for her help.

We have also asked the Premier to immediately address the increasing pressures being felt by organizations that provide supports and services to people with developmental disabilities and their families across B.C.

We continue hearing from families, individuals and service providers who want to make their voices heard. The Premier needs to know that we will do whatever is necessary to inspire her government to invest the funds needed to support people with developmental disabilities, their families and the organizations that support them. See how you can help.

Service providers speaking out against cuts

Agencies that provide supports and services to people with developmental disabilities have been told by CLBC they will have to shoulder increasing costs by cutting supports and services to people with developmental disabilities. In a letter sent to the Community Living Agencies Network (a network of non-union service providers), CLBC writes, "we would encourage your members to continue to explore new and more cost effective ways to meet individuals' disability-related needs" (see Times Colonist article).

When Community Living BC first rolled out "service redesign," many of our members were told that they could keep half of any savings that were found, in order to recruit and retain new employees. Instead, they have been forced to use the savings to cover the increasing costs of Employment Insurance and MSP premiums and the increased minimum wage. For the provincial government to deal this blow to an already stressed sector is another example of its unwillingness to acknowledge and address the crisis in community living.

BCACL fully supports an increase in the minimum wage. Many support workers in the community living sector are underpaid and inadequate funding from CLBC has made it difficult for service providers to attract and keep qualified staff to support people with developmental disabilities. The less a government values the people who provide support, the less it values those who are supported. 

In a province as rich as ours, this is unacceptable.

Read the article in today's Times Colonist here.

The Numbers - what we need from the Premier
Based on CLBC's own projections, the following investments are required:
  • $69.9 million to address the shortfall from 2010-2011 and the projected shortfall for this fiscal year
  • $34 million 2012/13 fiscal year
  • $33.6 million for 2013/14 fiscal year*
*These figures are based on information contained in the February 2011 CLBC Service Plan and the June 2010 CLBC Annual Report.

Year Percentage increase in adults qualifying for CLBC funding    Actual number of adults qualifying for CLBC    Total funds required for CLBC based on average per person costs of $50,300/year.
 2010/11   5.5%   701  $35.3M
 2011/12     5.1%   688  $34.6M
 2012/13   4.8%   677  $34.0M
 2013/14   4.5%   668  $33.6M
 Total      $137.5M

As well it is important to note that:
  • The operating budget for CLBC for 2010 through to 2014 remains static at $681M for all services (excludes the Personalized Supports Initiative).
  • Cost recoveries through Service Redesign amounted to $20.3M in 2009/10 (annualized).
How you can help:

Write to the Premier, Christy Clark. Christy Clark has promised to "put families first." The Premier needs to know that families who support family members with a disability must be included in her family agenda. You can contact Christy Clark online here: http://www.christyclark.ca/premierchristyclark/contact.php

*You can phone the Premier's office at 250 387-1715 or fax to 250 387-0087

Contact the Minister of Social Development, Harry Bloy.

Minister Harry Bloy has expressed a desire to hear from families who are not getting the supports they need. You can contact the Minister directly by email: harry.bloy.mla@leg.bc.ca

Phone: 250 356-7750
Fax: 250 356-7292
Write to your MLA.

Whether your MLA is NDP or Liberal, it is important that they hear from their constituents about this important issue. If you believe families should be getting the supports they so desperately need, call or email your MLA.
Find your MLA here. Please remember to let us know if you contact your MLA, by cc'ing us on the email or calling us. info@bcacl.org or 604-777-9100.

Write to or call the opposition critic for Community Living BC, MLA Nicholas Simons.

Since the House began sitting, Opposition MLAs have kept up pressure in the Legislature, challenging the Minister of Social Development Harry Bloy to increase funding to Community Living BC. In order to keep up the pressure, they want to hear from families who are waiting for services, whose services have been cut back, or who have been told there are no services available to them.

You can email Nicholas Simons at nicholas.simons.mla@leg.bc.ca or call his office at 250-387-3655. You can reach him toll-free by calling Enquiry BC and asking for the Official Opposition Caucus: 1-800-663-7867

Go public with your story. BCACL has been speaking with media who want to talk to families who are having difficulty accessing vital services. If you are willing to tell your story to your local media, BCACL can help connect you. Please call or email Danielle at BCACL at dkelliher@bcacl.org or 604-777-9100 ext. 527.

Tweet or Facebook your Message.  If you're on Twitter, include #bcpoli and @christyclarkbc in your tweet, or retweet BCACL's messages. Check out BCACL's Twitter page here, for up-to-date messages: http://twitter.com/#!/BCACL. If you're on Facebook, visit our page and "like" us to see updates in your newsfeed. You can also either send us a message or post on our wall.

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