ISBN 9781920118914
Pages 110
Dimensions 244 x 170 mm
Illustrations B/W Illustrations
Published 2009
Publisher Idasa, South Africa
Format Paperback

Parliament, the Budget and Poverty in South Africa

A Shift in Power

by Len Verwey

Effective and transparent government budgeting is vital to any democracy. In South Africa, massive poverty, inequality and unemployment remain, despite the successful political transformation, citizens and Parliament have a particularly important role to play in shaping budget policy and overseeing its implementation. South Africa reached a crossroads in fiscal governance when it passed the Money Bills Amendment Act in 2009, a law which granted Parliament strong powers to amend the budget prepared by the executive. This publication explores the content of the new law as well as the challenges and opportunities arising from it. It also discusses the role of Parliament in ensuring pro-poor budgeting.

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About the Author

Len Verwey

Len Verwey manages the Budget Unit of Idasa’s PIMS. His research has included work on budgeting and socio-economic rights, the role of Parliament in the budget, political economic debates in South Africa and their budgetary implications, and the challenges of budgeting at sub-national level in South Africa. He has coordinated Idasa’s responses to the South African Budget and Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement in recent years.

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