Change to NB Social assistance Regulations

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Change to NB Social assistance Regulations

The New Brunswick government has stopped penalizing social assistance recipients who have roommates.

It has eliminated a decades-old policy that clawed back the benefits of low-income clients who live with someone else to pool their financial resources, Social Development Minister Kelly Lamrock announced Wednesday.

"I am pleased to announce that, since Jan. 1, clients in non-spousal relationships have been able to share accommodations with clients or non-clients and receive separate cheques," he said.

"Clients in spousal relationships will continue to receive one cheque for the household."

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