Disability grants difficult to get. WHY?
Many, many disabled people cannot claim a disability grant merely because the joint income of husband and wife exceeded a certain amount, making the disabled partner totally dependent on the bread winner. In my case I can’t claim because my wife earns just over the said limit. I am married by ant nuptial agreement so legally what is hers, remains hers. Fortunately in my case my wife is a willing sharer.
If this was a scenario where the couple was estranged, how would the disabled person survive?
Johannesburg – Many disabled South Africans are living in poverty without access to the government’s disability grant, a University of Johannesburg study has found.
“Contrary to popular beliefs that the disabled live on social grants, the study found that 61% of the respondents interviewed in eight of the poorest wards in Johannesburg are not accessing the disability grant,” said researcher Lauren Graham.
The study into poverty among the disabled was conducted by the university’s centre for social development in Africa. Its findings were released on Friday.
Many respondents did not know about the disability grant or how to apply for it, said Graham.
Others claimed they did not have identity documents which would allow them to quality for the government grant.
Respondents also cited “red tape” and poor treatment by officials as reasons they did not make use of the grant.
Graham said people with disabilities were still experiencing discrimination and were being “pushed to the margins of society”.