Call to increase grant for children

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The Children’s Institute has criticised the decision to limit the increase in the child support grant to just R10.
The Children’s Institute has criticised the decision to limit the increase in the child support grant to just R10.

Activists are warning that, unless government increases spending on grant funding, the country’s children will continue to suffer the “slow violence” of malnutrition.

In a submission to Parliament, the Children’s Institute, at the University of Cape Town, criticised the decision to limit the increase in the child support grant to just R10, with no further increase planned in the 2021/2022 financial year.

Katharine Hall, a senior researcher at the institute, who worked on the submission, said: “These decisions are punitive to children and those who care for them.”

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