Debit cards for 20,000 welfare clients in BC
An interesting idea. Would a loaded card be a dangerous item to carry around in sketchier areas though?
The B.C. government plans to issue direct-debit cards to more than 20,000 welfare recipients who don't have a bank account.
Each month, Victoria will load the welfare payments on to the debit cards, which can be used at any ATM or commercial outlet. The program, due to start later this year, is already in place in Alberta.
But Jean Swanson of the Carnegie Community Action Project has complained to the privacy watchdog that the government might track the transactions of recipients.