Tapering of Benefits
(Head of Household whose Spouse/Partner Started Employment)
Social Assistance beneficiaries can opt for the Tapering of Benefit scheme in the eventuality of the spouse participating in a gainful occupation, earns at least the National Minimum Wage or more and if the beneficiary has been in receipt of Social Assistance for at least 1 year in the last 3 years.
What you’ll get
The awarded Tapering of Benefits rate is a percentage of the last Social Benefit rate awarded excluding bonuses:
- 65% of the benefit rate for the first year
- 45% of the benefit rate for the second year
- 25% of the benefit rate for the third year
Beneficiaries are paid in arrears every 4 weeks.
You may make use of an online Calculator to calculate your potential entitlement of the Tapering of Benefits.
General eligibility criteria:
Applicants who are in receipt of Unemployment Assistance or Social Assistance for 1 year
in the last 3 years and the spouse is gainfully occupied earning the weekly National Minimum Wage or more.
- Head of Household and Employer’s Declaration on Spouse / Partner. Click here to download this document
How to apply
Fill in and submit the application online.