Name: Brian Miles

Occupation: Musician

Brian has spent most of his life in Victoria. He moved to Vancouver to get into the music scene. Towards the end of his time performing, he was diagnosed with MS. He played his last show in 2001, and is now confined to a wheelchair and on disability. In the past, disability provided him with a comfortable lifestyle, but he’s watched his purchasing power dwindle significantly over the years. He has had to put much more of his budget toward rent, and now only has about $500 a month left over to cover everything else.

We support raising disability rates. An income of $906 per month ($10,782 annually) is significantly below the poverty line. As housing costs continue to rise without a corresponding increase in disability benefits, those living on disability are forced to make difficult choices to make ends meet. People on disability have the right to live with dignity, without having to resort to charities.

“Times have changed real quick… Now, the rent’s a little bit higher, but just my money… Food, especially, I’m just like, what happened?  I was able to feed myself really cheap…  Now, it’s hard for me even to go to a movie.”