Panel recommends phased introduction of basic income support
Widening the social net for adults can be done through a mix of measures including limited debt financing, experts say
SA should institute basic income support for adults with no income in a phased approach, beginning with the institutionalisation and stabilisation of the Covid-19 social relief of distress (SRD) grant, according to a new report drawn up for the government.
Once this is achieved, a targeted entry level for the proposed grant, set at the food poverty line, or R595 a month, should be implemented. After that, it should increase in “sustainable increments determined by affordability” over time...