ANC says ‘budget biased towards poor’

2010-02-18 09:38

FINANCE Minister Pravin Gordhan’s speech “was biased towards the

poor” and would help mitigate the effects of the recession on the most

vulnerable people, the ANC said yesterday.


“The tax measures announced by the minister once again demonstrate

the biasness (sic) of this budget towards the poor and the working people,” the

ANC chief whip’s office said in a statement.


Despite the decline in revenue, the ruling party was pleased the

government did not compromise ANC priorities, as set out in
its election

manifesto.


“The speech gives practical effect and resources to government’s

programme in this current financial year, particularly on key priorities . . .

education, creation of decent jobs, rural development, crime and health.”


The party commended Gordhan for spending on social and pensioner’s

grants. Including children up to the age of 18 in the social security net would

improve millions of lives.


Money allocated to education would help enhance the country’s low

levels of literacy and “sharpen” basic education.


“The injection of more resources into the further education and

training initiative will assist in the skills development of our people and

prepare them for future absorption into the job market post the current

recession period.”


The party welcomed the creation of 4,5 million short term jobs

between 2010 and 2014 through government interventions, including the expanded

public works programme.


Although these were not permanent jobs, the intervention would give

new entrants to the job market invaluable experience.


“We welcome the initiative by the minister and his team for

reviving the discussions around the financial charter with the captains of the

financial sector.”

 

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