EHRCJ Committee Pre-Budget Scrutiny 2023-24: The Impact of Human Rights Budgeting
8 September 2022
In line with the mandate of progressive realisation of economic and social rights in the South African constitution, over the years the reach and impact of the CSG 5 has progressively expanded, through increases in the age limit for eligibility (from seven to eighteen years), raises in the income cut-off point so that the grant more effectively reaches all poor children, increases in the size of t. [...] Similarly, as civil society called on government to expand the reach of the CSG by increasing the size of the grant and raising the age eligibility level, it suggested ways the government could secure the resources necessary for the expansion. [...] Further to the participation of adult citizens, the incorporation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child will also require specific actions to be taken to ensure children’s views are heard within the budgetary process. [...] It is an important element in the effective management of public finances, and it helps to build the confidence of the general public in the work of public bodies, thereby contributing to the sustainability of public policy implementation. [...] Is government funding directed to the right areas to enable the public sector to meet its human rights obligations? Key Points As explained in response to Questions 1, 3, 4 & 5, there is a need for improved fiscal transparency to make it possible to adequately assess whether and the degree to which government funding is directed to the right areas to enable the public sector to meet its human righ.