‘It’s a shame’ to have the rug pulled out from under me, former housekeeper says
A former housekeeping employee who once worked at the home of the family of Prince William and Kate Middleton says she was “a little bit stunned” when she heard she would not be paid.
“It was a shock.
I’m a housekeeper, and we’re supposed to make a living for ourselves,” says Emma Lee, a 35-year-old nurse who was laid off in August.
“I didn’t know what to do.
I was just really shocked.”
Ms. Lee says she left the home in February, to focus on her job in a nursing home, but in June she was laid-off, too.
“For a couple of weeks, I was working at a nursing facility, and I was really looking forward to it,” she says.
“But then I was laidoff, so I was kind of shocked.”
The couple have been told that they are the only family members who are receiving any support from the government.
Ms. Lees mother, Sophie, said she had been offered help by a charity, but she has not been offered any of the money she needs.
“My mother-in-law, she’s my neighbour,” she said.
“She’s not going to get the help.
I know they’re looking for me.”
Ms Lee, who is on a disability pension, says the government should pay for her support.
“The government should provide all these things,” she told the National Post.
“Why should it take care of the people who are in need and then just put them down?”
Lee, who works as a housecleaner, says she feels as if the government has been “playing rough” with her.
“People don’t know that I have to work,” she added.
“If I don’t do it right now, they’re going to take me out and put me on the street.”
Mr. Harper is expected to unveil a bill Wednesday that would extend the work requirement for the elderly, but not the elderly and infirm.
The Conservative government says it will extend the minimum age for receiving welfare benefits to 67, the same as that for those 65 and older.
It will also extend the age of eligibility for the old-age security program to age 75.
The Conservatives say the legislation will provide more support to elderly Canadians, including help to get them into jobs.
But the Social Development Department says the old age security benefit will not be extended to older people with disabilities or those who are disabled but can’t work.