Welfare Assistance to increase by 32%

April 21, 2022

As of 1st May, the welfare assistance will increase by 32%.

The new maximum payable sum will be R5,224.

For the past nine years or so, the maximum payable welfare assistance was R3,945, thus the new maximum welfare assistance as of 1st May, will be increased by R1279.

A working group was set up in March, to evaluate the situation, especially the adverse effect of the Ukraine/Russia War on the cost of living, and come up with recommendations, which were approved by the Cabinet.

The increase in welfare assistance was one of the recommendations.

To note, it’s the first time in nearly ten years, that the weights for welfare assistance are revised.

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