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City amends indigent grant income brackets<p>A proposed amendment to the City’s indigent grant income brackets will mitigate against increases in State pensions that were announced by the National Government in October last year.</p><p>‘While many of our residents benefit from a State pension, many of the City’s most vulnerable debtors have been negatively impacted as a consequence of this increase in government grants. A number of vulnerable debtors who used to fall inside the minimum payment bracket of 5% of their income now fall into higher indigent grant income categories. As a result, they are now required to pay 8% of their monthly income in the form of rent,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Assets and Facilities Management, Councillor Stuart Diamond.</p><p>As an example, a State pensioner who now receives an increased amount of R1 510 per month (previously R1 415 per month) will see their rental increase from R70,75 per month (5%) to R120,80 a month (8%).</p><p>‘These increases are substantial and our lower-income recipients of State grants are now finding it even harder to make ends meet, particularly in the current tough economic climate. While such changes are usually made during the mid-year budget process, we have recognised the urgent need to address this issue as soon as possible,’ added Councillor Diamond.</p><p>Fortunately, the City’s Credit Control and Debt Management Policy makes provision for assistance to indigent residential debtors in the chapters pertaining to Human Settlements and Property Management.</p><p>The report presented to the Mayoral Committee today requested that the indigent grant tables for both Human Settlements and Property Management be amended as follows in order to alleviate the plight of those debtors who are affected by the increases:</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:33.33%;">​Income</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width:33.33%;">​Percentage of income payable</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:33.33%;">​Arrangement amount</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​R0 to R1 650 (up from R1 500)</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​5% with a minimum rental of R10 </td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​R10</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​R1 651 to R2 800 (up from R1 501)</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​ 8%</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​ R15</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableFooterRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableFooterEvenCol-default" rowspan="1"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">​R2 801 to R3 200 (unchanged) </span></td><td class="ms-rteTableFooterOddCol-default" rowspan="1"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">​10%</span></td><td class="ms-rteTableFooterEvenCol-default" rowspan="1"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">​ R25</span></td></tr></tbody></table><p><br>This proposed amendment will ensure that the rental for single pensioners will remain at 5% of income, while those who have spouses who are also grant recipients will continue to pay a rental of 10% of their combined income.</p><p>‘As a caring city, we will continue to do all we can to protect our most vulnerable residents. This is in line with the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan, which will focus on finding innovative solutions to all our residents’ needs. We will aggressively enhance service delivery and our connection with residents, especially our most vulnerable groups,’ added Councillor Diamond.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2017-01-16T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#fcf9defe-208b-492e-900e-2632635cd7b1;L0|#0fcf9defe-208b-492e-900e-2632635cd7b1|pensioners;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#318146cc-42af-4a7e-a82b-1f8e8ad6f53f;L0|#0318146cc-42af-4a7e-a82b-1f8e8ad6f53f|grants;GP0|#dc70bab3-e04f-4a43-a7c1-ff4cda59afa8;L0|#0dc70bab3-e04f-4a43-a7c1-ff4cda59afa8|rental1


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