Social Assistance Amendment Bill Tabled

Department of Social Development

The Social Assistance Amendment Bill has been tabled in parliament.

The social development department called for comment on the bill at the end of 2016.

The bill seeks to amend the Social Assistance Act of 2004 so as to:

•    insert new definitions;
•    provide for additional payments linked to social grants;
•    provide for payment of benefits to a child-headed household;
•    provide for social relief of distress in the event of a disaster;
•    repeal the internal reconsideration process;
•    provide for an Independent Tribunal to consider appeals against decisions of the Agency;
•    provide for the establishment of the Inspectorate as a government component; and
•    provide for matters connected therewith.

In terms of the appeals process, the bill proposes that appeals regarding grant applications can be lodged immediately upon receiving a decision from the South African Social Security Agency with the Independent Tribunal within a period of 90 days.

The proposed legislation also proposes that a primary care giver of a child or a child who heads a child-headed household are eligible for a child support grant.

The bill also seeks to empower the social development minister, in agreement with the finance minister, to prescribe an additional payment linked to a social grant.

The portfolio committee on social development will process the bill.

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