Black Sash disappointed by govt's social grant allocations

Civil rights group Black Sash says it's disappointed by what it calls 'insignificant' increases for social grants announced in the 2019 Budget Speech.

The Minister of Finance on Wednesday revealed social grant increases of 4.7% for old age and 4.8% for child support grants, respectively.

The announcement will see beneficiaries of old age, disability, war veterans and care dependency grants receive R80 more.

The foster care grant will increase by R40 to R1 000, while the the child support grant will increase to R420 in April and to R430 in October.

Black Sash's Hoodah Abrahams-Fayker says the increases do not take into account the inflation rate and increases in VAT, petrol and other levies.

As it stands, beneficiaries are struggling to make ends meet Hoodah Abrahams-Fayker says.

Already as it stands, the right to social assistance is already impacted on.

Hoodah Abrahams-Fayker, National advocacy manager - Black Sash

A meager R10 increase for child support grants won't even buy a loaf of bread.

Hoodah Abrahams-Fayker, National advocacy manager - Black Sash

Prioritising the poor doesn't seem to be on the agenda for the government.

Hoodah Abrahams-Fayker, National advocacy manager - Black Sash

Listen to the discussion on The Pippa Hudson Show:


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