06/23/2015 06:29 EDT | Updated 06/23/2016 05:59 EDT

Saskatchewan turns down request from group for more money for disabled

REGINA - The Saskatchewan government has turned down a request to provide disabled people with more financial help to make ends meet.

The Disability Income Support Coalition asked the province to increase what it pays people who receive Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability funding by $250 per month.

These people currently get $1,300.

Coalition spokesman Dave Nelson says $1,300 isn't a lot when it has to cover rent, food and other necessities.

Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer says the government is in a tight financial squeeze and can't afford it.

But she says the government will continue to work towards improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. (CKRM)