Auditor Report about OW: Overpayments. Underpayments. Gas.
The auditor General of Ontario says that “The province has yet to collect $730 million in overpayments made to recipients over several years — roughly $100 million occurred in the last four — but it does not track the cause of those overpayments, making it difficult to prevent them in the future, Lysyk said. “ Auditor General Report (page 8). //bit.ly/2QZ4Lxm
For example in 2017— overpayments were $2619.05 on average, which is the cost of a one bedroom apartment for one month. Interestingly, the auditor doesn’t give this number for context. [Math: $2619.05 = $11 million / 4200 cases]
Auditor did not report on the outcomes or adequacy of OW. In other words, the auditor analyzed the costs of the program to the government / taxpayer but not the effect of programs.
An example: The Auditor talks about costs but not the effects of the Special Diet:
…[in general] the self-reported allergy to milk and wheat is just 0.7% and 0.4% across Canada. In contrast, we found that 4% of all Ontario Works recipients were receiving a special diet allowance for an allergy to milk, and 5% were receiving a special diet allowance for an allergy to wheat.
…Ministry should…identify, investigate, and address improbably high trends in the proportion of recipients who receive the special diet allowance;
Does the Auditor care about the outcomes of lactose consumption by poor folks with lactose intolerance? Or the costs to the taxpayer of digestive problems?