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N.S. appeal shines light on extending welfare support for special needs, say lawyers

Wednesday, August 01, 2018 @ 12:17 PM | By Terry Davidson

An appeal decision forcing Nova Scotia to give more money to a “desperate” welfare recipient in need of healthier housing could pave the way for others on social assistance requiring accommodation for special needs, lawyers say.

The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal decision in Nova Scotia (Community Services) v. R.G. 2018 NSCA 69 ruled a lower court judge erred in quashing an earlier finding the woman deserved an increased social service allowance to afford housing that would not set off her medical sensitivities to “chemicals, scents,...