Last year’s medium-term budget policy statement (MTBPS) submission by the BJC argued that the 2020 MTBPS would cement austerity. This would provide the poor, disproportionately womxn, and the under-served with less government services and increase economic hardship. This fear is given concrete expression in the 2021 fiscal framework.

The BJC believes that it is critical that the Committees ask whether the underlying logic of this framework supports the kind of state envisaged in the Constitution. A state that must make the maximum possible resources available for promoting, respecting, protecting and fulfilling fundamental human rights, including socio-economic rights and ensuring environmental sustainability.