Submission on amendments to the regulations relating to the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant

The Institute for Economic Justice (IEJ) and the Socio-Economic Rights Institute (SERI) welcome the opportunity to comment on the proposed amendments to the 2022 Regulations relating to the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant issued in terms of the Social Assistance Act. 

The  process of amending the Regulations provides an opportunity to address key areas of concern which have been raised repeatedly by civil society, including the exclusion of large numbers of beneficiaries, the imposition of a low means test, and the continued inadequate level of the grant. However, aside from the expiry date, no other aspects of the Regulations have been amended. This is deeply concerning, given that specific provisions in the Regulations have led to very high levels of exclusion, and that the value of the grant continues to be eroded, and highly inadequate. Our submission details these areas of concern and provides key recommendations to address exclusion and unfairness.