The Community Start-up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB) and the Home Repairs Benefit were both eliminated in the 2012 budget. The cuts will come into force in January 2013.
CSUMB can be used to prevent disconnection of utilities (gas, electricity, water) or to restore utility services if there has been a disconnection of service. It can also be used for utility deposits. The Home Repairs Benefit can be used to repair or replace unsafe electrical wiring, and furnaces or wood stoves.
Cutting these benefits is the wrong decision!