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NDP calls for increased funding to women’s shelters

Bryony House and other transition houses could be in crisis without more bucks from the province, the New Democrats say.

NDP MLA Marilyn More of Dartmouth South-Portland Valley said in a news release that the Halifax shelter for abused women and their children hasn’t seen funding rise since 1996.

“The responsibility of the . . . Conservative government is to help these women get out of poverty and restart their lives.”

The Community Services Department said last week it’s not cutting funding for more than 200 groups. “I’m pleased that we are able to protect the programs and services that many Nova Scotians depend on,” Minister Chris d’Entremont said in a release.

But a funding freeze for important social services simply isn’t enough, Ms. More said, especially less than a month after the province released a poverty reduction strategy that is supposed to address the needs of Nova Scotia’s most vulnerable. “The non-profit groups . . . keep the social fabric of our communities together”

The provincial government says it provides $230 million annually “to a wide variety of organizations” and has also secured $155 million for the poverty reduction strategy, released April 3.

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