Edmonton, AB (November 7, 2016):
Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann made this statement on the Auditor General’s investigation into the AISH program:
“The Auditor General’s report confirms what clients and constituency office staff have long observed – the Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) program is plagued by accessibility problems and inconsistencies with the application process.
“The AG has made it clear the AISH application doesn’t always account for the challenges that some people face in making a coherent and persuasive argument for why they should be eligible. People are expected to be knowledgeable and well versed in navigating the system, and that is probably rarely the case.
“It is absolutely true that the ones who are eventually successful are often very persistent and usually have at least one strong advocate working with them. Again, not everyone has that, and there are probably many who abandon their applications when they should rightfully qualify for benefits.
“This Ministry of Human Services must update the application process and give all applicants a fair and reasonable chance of securing benefits.”