The ministry of children and family development will be trimming less money from its budget for contracted social service agencies than first anticipated. We broke the story about that cutback in February. The ministry's political boss Mary Polak subsequently told The Vancouver Sun's Jonathan Fowlie it would amount to $10 million. But that cutback has since been whittled down to $7.4 million.
"For the last several months, the ministry has been involved in finalizing its budget and determining what the implications may be for our contract service providers," a ministry spokesperson explained. "As the process has unfolded, the ministry has been able to decrease its reduction target significantly - from $10 million to $7.4 million."
The spokesperson added the ministry continues to be "committed to doing everything possible to mitigate the impact on clients - and our priority is to protect critical front-line services."