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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 10, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, April 10, 1972 THl LETHBRIDCE HERAID 3 Ottawa and. provinces are gearing to change babv bonus system OTTAWA (C'P) welfare officials in iincl' 10 provincial cnnihils iiro pear- iutf up administrative mncliin- cry lo deal with ;i projected Iransfonnalirm in the 27-yenr- old family allowances program. Government proposed changes before Parliament would sharply alter Ille familiar bahy- bonns clicciucs mailed monthly ID every Canadian family with sdiool-ngc children. Tlie present system of pay- ments lo every family wilh chil- dren would bo replaced a program of graduated benefits based on need. That, would mean no more inonlhly cheques [or roughly three of 10 families vim Ret them now but IriBficr cheques for slightly more than five of 10 families, and smaller amounts for the rest. It would also mean potential form-filling headaches for Ihe roiiflhly 2.5 million families out of about 3.S million Canadian families with children who will qualify for new family income security cheques. The present system, Intro- duced in 1915, pays JS monthly for children under 10 and monthly for children atfcd 10 lo A separate youth iillowance of monthly is paid for chil- dren aged and 17. new program would pay a maximum ;i month for children under 12 and monthly for children 12 to 17 in- clusive. Factors governing Hie actual paymenls are size of family atid income earned by mother and father. If any family qualifies for less than 55 a 42-cenl monthly payment Is not, made. Staff in the family allowances division of the income security branch of national health ami welfare will he ready to help families faced wilh the neces- sity of filling out application income rales qualify for family security benefits. A division official says prepa- rations are already well ad- vanced here and in regional of- fices in the provincial capitals. Some extra staff will he hired to help handle the expected surge of paperwork. New re- gional offices be opened INTRODUCTORY SPECIAL ON YOKOHAMA RADIALS Mile Guarantee NINE PLY TREAD AREA COMPUTERIZED BALANCING INCLUDED T902 2 Avenue 5. Phone 327-3580 "WE KNOWINGLY UNDERSELL" t outside Ihe present provincial C'iLpilals and field officers will j lour oilier coiuniunilies. Tlic? cliilo when Die nev.' sclec- Mive benefits program dikes t'f I feet depends on Parliament and the government. Tlic most likely and mosl convenient date ;ul- niiiiislralivcly would he Kept. 1. i The idea for a revised benc- i til.s-bascd-oii-ncrd baby bonus was presented in ji government wliile paper al Hie end of 1970 and Ilio first legislative version was presented lo Parliament I Lust year. i Current legislation, slightly revised from the original ver- sion, was debated in general (rrms fen- three days before Hie Commons adjourned for liaster. The government hopes lo complete general debale and refer Die bill to Ihe Commons welfare committee for delailed sludy and surges tions. Afler that, il must hurclla final Com-! mons passape and then face Se- iiate examination before bccom- ing law. i It passed, Sept. 1 would he a convenient date, lor implementn- I lion by tlic government because Ilio bill provides for an adminis- trative financial ye or for the nev: program from Sopl. 1 of OIIG year to Aug. 31 of the fol- lowing year. The of payments in thai 12-month period would be based generally on Ihe applicant fam- ily's innnme in Ihe previous cal- endar year. That is, if the plan were implemented Sept. 1, ap- plications for benefits would in- elude the husband-wife income 1 for the year 1971 as reported on income-lax returns filed for that year, I That would be the general rule in applications for new baby-bonus cheques. However, families whose income had al- lered sharply since the previous year would be permitted to apply on the basis of an esti- niale of income for the year in i which benefits would be paid. It is in such cases that head- aches mipht arise for some j families those whose incomes fluctuate for ex- ample, that might apply to fam- ilies whose income is largely de- rived from commissions on sales. Take, for instance, a family wilh one child between 12 and 17 in which income for lax pur- poses last year was more than On the strict: interprela- ion nf the new legislation, lhat 1 family woiild he ineliRihle for i any baby-bonus payments be- I tween next September and Au- gust, 197.3. But say (hnt the family's In- come slumped this year to a month from a month last state Us cslimated income i.-ur- ic-ntly at nmlilplicd hy 12 -instead of the reported for 1971 tax purposes, 'then it would qualify for baby-bonus payments. The administrative rub comes in when the same family has another change in fortunes ami, after applying for the new foahy bonus, other income goes up again even In the point where it makes the family officially in- eligible for the new baby bonus. Officials say nil families will he encouraged (o notify federal authorities quickly of any sub- stantial change in income so biihy-bonus cheques may be ad- justed accordingly, In the event. Dial Ihe family (ailed to do so, actual income received in a given 12-month pe- riod would be cheeked against that reported for income-tax purposes. Adjustments in the baby-bonus cheques then would be imposed, by reductions to make up for past over-payments or by increases to cover under- payments. Should a family officially inel- igible for baby-bonus payments in a given period have received accident, ipnorancc or welfare department would attempt to have them paid back, an nffiiial said TJit! administrative ptubli-ms be complicated by Ihc difference in Iwo financial years the ju- ried for payment of new baby bonuses and the calendar .lami- ary-to-Deccrnber income year In which bonuses generally would be ncarcd. However, officials say Ihe sys- tem generally is expected lo work in Ihe same manner jis the applications by for ('IP income supplement lo old-age- pensions irilrodncrd last year. There are ivays of getting jour candidate nominated I Iii thai the family could By JOHN HAY OTTAWA (CP) If you're sick of your MP and want to send a new man to Parliament in the next election, the first task is to get one of the parlies to nominate your man as a can- didate. Political insiders here have some hints to help even the nov- ice win the scrappy guerilla war tliat sometimes erupts at nominating conventions. The strategy is simple. Pack (he meeling with people who can be trusted lo vote for your man. For (hat purpose, the Con- servative party might be the easiest target. Rules vary from riding to rid- ing, but in some local Conserva- tive organizations you can sign up new uarty members as they enter the voting meeting. If they are signed up and their dues are paid, they may vole immedialely. The Liberals usually require a member lo be at least 48 hours in the party before he may vole. STOICTEn IN NDP With at least a 30-day wailing period, (he New Democrats are nearly impossible lo penetrale with instanl voters. With all parties now in the process of holding nomination conventions for the election ex- pected this year, thai doesn't leave much time. The Conservalives ajid Liber- als make packing meetings even easier by permilling candi- dates for nomination lo borrow or buy fistfuls o( membership cards in advance. The cards may be doled out to trustworthy supporters w h o may then appear al Ihe meeling to vote. In many ridings, Ihe number of memberships a nominee can sell is a crucial of his popu- larity in the area and therefore his attraction as a party candi- date. Insiders say a party nominee who is already an MP has an edge over challengers at the nominating meeling. CO-OPERATION HIDLPS Co-operation from the riding association executive can he a help to insurgents trying lo ele- vate a nominee to parly candi- dacy. A Liberal organizer chuckles that a little manipulation by the secretary or membership chair- man can be a boon- as long as he isn't caught. Like jungle guerillas, polili- Stiidcnt visas 110 problem EDMONTON (CP) Walter Buck Bar) sug- gested in Ihe Alherla legisla- ture that some people may he skirling Canadian immigralion regulations by entering high schools and slaying In the province on student visas. But Education Minister Ixm Hyndman said he doesn't see it "as a problem of major im- portance" since only 220 of Al- berla's sludenls are Chi- nese. Mr. Hyndman said school boards do not have lo accept students unless they are resi- dents of the school division in- volved. ca] fighters must adapl (heir tactics to loca! That's important because nr-i- j Lher Hie Consei valivcs nor Lib- orals exercise much control over procedures from federal headquarters. In Ihc Liberal Ihc pra- vincial executive 1ms the last say on such mailers. Conlrol in the Conservatives is at the rid- ing level. The NDP has some; national standards, but Ihc-y to are en- forced al Ihe provincial level. If your man the nomina- tion, the next job is lo pp.tch up any rifts with Ihc riding execu- livcs. who may he milled by your ladies. Alliance the pally organ- ization is usually necessary for gelling campaign funds and other support from local, pro- vincial and federal hierarchies for Ihe race again.il candidates from olher parties in Ihe elec- lion payments a r e on need to Ihc fj( iisinncr's annual income, l.'n- like I lie basic, federal old-age pi-nsviri of S80 a month paid lo all mor supplements of var- ious amounts arc paid on appli- cation according to past income. A revised family-allowances piofjram is likely to be different in Uiii'bcc produce, which ;il- has a system of bahy-bo mis supplements ami is cur- if.'ntly licrtotKLlinr; details nf an agreement whereby it would ail- ujinKtcr Ihc revised plan in lhat VNNTAL APl'I.K'ATIONS In every province under the ni'W program, applications lor Hit- biib> holiu.s would have !u In: renewed annually adjusted for changes in other inconie- iinlikp the present automatic pay program. In practice, one-child families with annual income of Ol- would pet the maximum family benefit o[ SIS or 521 de- pending on the child's age For each additional child in a lanuly the ceiling annual In- rai.-.e around which maximum benefits would be paid rises hv That is, maximum benefit'! would be paid to I wo children families earning S3.ro) nnnuallv or less, lo three-children fami- lies wilh or [ess, four-rnil- (Ircn families at or under, and so on. For families with innum's above the maximum-beiM fits ceilings, monthly benetils would be reduced by ;tt cents for each additional S100 of other income received. For example, whereas a fam- ily wilh two children umlcr and earning annual income nf S'j.W) would get cheques of MO. a similar family earning at least S5.KX) but than H 200 would pet mnnllily bonus cheques of re- duclion of 33 cents a monlfi for each child. It the same two-children fain ily's income were S11.W1 or more a year, there would be no monthly bonus cheques. DISTRIBUTES TREES Ontario's provincial tree nurs- eries distributed 67.4 million for- est trees in the 1970-71 fiscal vear. BUY ONE GET ONE FREE INTERIOR LATEX FIAT Covers most BurFacei In one conl. BUY ONE -7 QC GAUON FOR J GET A SECOND GAUON FREE FREDDIE'S PAINT (WESTERN) LTD. 816-3rd Ave. S. Phone 327-5540 Travelaire. The Total Travel Trailer. There's no limit to summer, fall and winler fun withTravolaire. 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