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BJC reaffirms the need for a rights-oriented budget

The Budget Justice Coalition notes the irony of a budget handed down on World Day of Social Justice that slashes R50.3 billion from social expenditure over the next three years. While we recognise the tight financial spot the Treasury has been painted into by widespread corruption, under-delivering departments and failing SOEs, especially Eskom – we urge government to recall its first duty: to ensure the progressive realisation of people’s Constitutional rights.

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Pro poor

Civil Society calls on the Finance Minister to deliver a pro-poor 2018 budget

The annual national budget has profound implications for poor and working people, and civil society is committed to engaging with government to ensure a pro-poor policy agenda. Towards this end, civil society organisations held a budget workshop on 15-16 February 2018 to explore critical issues in the runup to the 2018 budget speech, and ways for civil society to engage with the budget going forward.

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Progressive tax

A more progressive tax regime is a viable and better alternative to addressing revenue shortfalls, civil society organisations tell Parliament

A more progressive tax regime is a viable and better alternative to addressing revenue shortfalls, civil society organisations tell Parliament.

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Mitgiating VAT

Mitigating the impact of the increase in the VAT rate on poor and low-income households

As civil society organisations (CSOs) we are concerned by the tax proposals made by the 2018 National Budget (‘the Budget’) and contained within the Rates and Monetary Amounts and Amendment of Revenue Laws Bill 2018 (‘the Bill’), in particular its regressive tax measures, most notably the increase to VAT, and the harsh spending cuts that will result from the proposed revenue levels.

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MTBPS expectations

Civil society organizations highlight MTBPS expectations

Newly appointed Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has to deliver one of the most challenging Medium Term Budget Policy Statements (MTBPS) of the democratic era tomorrow (24 October 2018). A Value Added Tax (VAT) hike, increased fuel prices and real cuts in key social spending areas (including education, human settlements and health care)

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MTBPS expectations

No winners from Minister Mboweni’s MTBPS2018 address

Cape Town, 25 October 2018 – Rather than taking bold steps to stimulate the economy and embark on a more inclusive growth path, the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) tinkers at the margins. While the statement focused on improving governance and strengthening institutions such as SARS, it is the view of the Budget Justice Coalition (BJC) that an economic recovery and turnaround will come only from investment in our human capital and a stronger focus on meeting the constitutional obligations of the State.

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GBV

Government is not serious about ending Gender Based Violence

Despite President Cyril Ramaphosa’s pronouncements in the State of the Nation Address (SONA) just two weeks ago, there is no evidence in the budget delivered by Minister Tito Mboweni on 20 February 2019 that government is serious about ending Gender Based Violence in this country.

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Rights-oriented budget

A Medium Term Budget Policy Statement that is blind to gender, inequality and ignores Constitutional duties on the state cannot take our country forward

The Budget Justice Coalition is concerned that the 2019 MTBPS proposes a deepening of austerity (cutting expenditure to address debt) in the country.

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Civil society calls on Parliament to support progressive taxation and halt proposed regressive measures

As civil society organisations we are alarmed at the regressive taxation measures proposed in the 2018 Budget Speech, particularly the proposed VAT and fuel levy increases. While we recognise the need to raise additional revenue for the national fiscus, the proposals made to Parliament by Minister Gigaba make the tax regime more regressive and stand to exacerbate already unacceptably high levels of poverty and inequality.

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