Social welfare bodies helping abused women, children, the disabled and the elderly will march to protest against low state subsidies and the gap in salaries between staff in the government and those in NGOs.
Against the background of the government’s insistence that it is focusing on poverty reduction, NGOs in Gauteng say subsidies have not increased since 2004, adding that there is a 37 percent gap in salaries between government social workers and those employed by NGOs.
The Gauteng Welfare, Social Service and Development Forum’s Jackie Loffell, says the government is delegating more of its social service responsibilities to the NGOs, but has allocated below-inflation increases in subsidies this year. Loffell says the sector has always been marginalised, adding that they will be protesting this week because the government appears to be making a broad policy decision to reduce support to the sector.
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