BCPIAC challenges BC governement's small claims against welfare "overpayments"

Lawyers from BCPIAC are challenging the BC Ministry of Housing and Social Development (MHSD) on their small claims cases against welfare recipients. BCPIAC says that the claims that they have looked at do not stand up to legal scrutiny. They argue that the MHSD’s pursuit of legal action against individuals who do not have representation capitalizes on the imbalance of power and forces individuals to pay money to the government that they may well not owe. This is compounded by the lack of legal aid and support for poverty law.