2023 Budget: Government expands social protection programmes

2023 Budget: Government expands social protection programmes

Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta says the government is resolute in implementing Ghana’s social protection programmes regardless of the present financial difficulties.

Delivering the 2023 Budget Statement and Economic Policy of the Government in Parliament, on Thursday, the Minister indicated that the government was increasing the assorted social protection programmes to buffer the weak in society against the speedy impacts of the financial disaster.

These embrace the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) Programme; the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) and the Capitation Grant.

For occasion, on the LEAP, Mr Ofori-Atta said Government was dedicated to increasing protection to all 2.5 million extraordinarily poor people as estimated by the Ghana Living Standards Survey (GLSS 7) by 2024.

Additionally, he said, whereas enhancing effectivity by means of digitalisation and assessment, Government would, in 2023, improve the worth of the LEAP grant from the common of GHC 41.75 per family to GH¢95.19 bi-monthly.

He indicated that since its inception in 2008, LEAP had supported extraordinarily poor and weak households; rising beneficiary protection from 143,552 in 2015 to 344,389 households comprising 1,827,035 people as of September 2022.

“We will not renege on our responsibilities towards the vulnerable and socially excluded and the implementation of our various social protection programmes will be expanded,” he assured.

The Finance Minister additionally indicated that the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) could be sustained and the feeding grant could be elevated in 2023 to mirror the present cost of residing.

“Mr. Speaker, the Ghana School Feeding Programme which provides one hot nutritious meal each day for 3,448,065 beneficiary pupils in public basic schools as of December 2021 will be sustained.

“In 2023, the feeding grant will be increased to reflect the current cost of living. The programme will also strengthen domestic production by sourcing locally produced food from the National Buffer Stock company,” he said.

On the Capitation Grant, Mr Ofori-Atta said the abolishment of the charging of fees and levies in all public fundamental schools had contributed to a gradual improve in enrollment through the years.

He emphasised that the Government would strengthen its monitoring regime to deal with teething challenges within the implementation of the policy, together with the well timed launch of the grant, misuse of funds, transparency and poor bookkeeping and worth of grant amount.

The government, in 2005, abolished the charging and funds of all types of fees/levies in all public fundamental schools and changed them with the capitation grant.

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