Horgan must answer for COVID benefit delays

I am curious as to what is happening with the BC Recovery Benefit released December, 18, 2020. I applied on the 18th, was asked for additional paperwork, which was sent in on the 20th. Nothing has been done since. I have requested numerous times by email and phone for a status update and nothing was been answered.

Two weeks ago I sent an email to Premier Horgan requesting what was happening and no reply was given. It is coming up on 30 days since my application date, so is this program even still working, and why do so many of us, especially on disability, old age pension, or income assistance, appear to be left to the bottom of the pile? Are we looking at another broken NDP promise?

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I don't feel it's fair for those of us that have applied on the first date are suddenly left to wait 30 - 60 days and no one will tell us why. Every other sector has gotten some type of help, except this class of people.

I have lived in the Peace all my life and now am watching many small businesses closing forever, jobs are being effected as the pandemic rages on. I don't feel my classification should have to add stress to all of this.

Bills still come monthly but government support has dropped to nothing, even disability top-ups promised by the NDP in December are not included in this month's checks and they were promised for January - March.

In addition I know many seniors not receiving any support as the guidelines make us ineligible for the programs. I would like some answers to these questions.

— Dennis Hetman, Fort St. John

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