In a letter to Community and Social Services Minister, Ted McMeekin, Newmarket-Aurora MPP Frank Klees called on the minister to personally intervene in what he calls an “unacceptable length of time” the Disability Adjudication Unit of his ministry takes to make decisions.
“There is no question that the ministry has a responsibility to ensure that applications for disability benefits are properly assessed,” said Klees. “But I refuse to accept that anyone can justify taking an additional five months to make a decision on an application that has already been confirmed by the ministry as being ‘complete’.”
Klees referred to ministry form letters that state, “We always try to make our decisions within 90 business days. (A business day means we only count regular working days from Monday to Friday. We do not count weekend days or holidays)”.
“This is government incompetency at its worst,” said Klees.
Klees points out in his letter to the minister that in most cases, these are individuals who are already in dire financial straits and are not only coping with their disability but also the uncertainty and stress of their financial circumstances.
Minister of Community and Social Services,
The Honourable Ted McMeekin responds September 19, 2013 Read Minister’s response here