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Tapering of Benefits – Person Responsible for Household whose Spouse/Partner Started Employment


Social Assistance beneficiaries can opt for the Tapering of Benefits 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  one (1) year in the last three (3) years.

What you’ll get

The awarded Tapering of Benefits rate is a percentage of the last Social Benefit rate awarded excluding bonuses:

  • 75% of the benefit rate for the first year.
  • 55% of the benefit rate for the second year.
  • 35% of the benefit rate for the third year.

Beneficiaries are paid in arrears every four (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 one (1) year in the last three (3) years and the spouse is gainfully occupied earning the weekly National Minimum Wage or more.

Documentation required

  • Person Responsible for Household and Employer’s Declaration on Spouse / Partner. Click here to download this document.

How to apply

Fill in and submit the application online.