Wynne calls for implementing social services report

Incoming premier Kathleen Wynne speaks with the media before her first caucus meeting at Queen's...

Incoming premier Kathleen Wynne speaks with the media before her first caucus meeting at Queen's Park on Tuesday. (DAVE THOMAS/QMI Agency)

Jonathan Jenkins, Queen's Park Bureau

, Last Updated: 3:22 PM ET

TORONTO – Incoming premier Kathleen Wynne has asked bureaucrats to start planning to put a recent report into improving social services into effect.

"The social assistance review was our government's report - we asked Frances Lankin and Munir Sheikh to do that report," Wynne said before heading into lead her first caucus meeting since winning the Liberal crown.

"That is a priority of mine and it's something that I hope both (opposition leaders) Tim Hudak and Andrea Horwath would want to talk about because a lot of what is talked about in that report is making the system work better."

The Lankin/Sheikh report calls for an increase in social assistance rates and other reforms that would reduce barriers to recipients getting work. It also calls for an end to the special diet allowance and comes with an estimated price tag of $340 million.


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