White Paper Review
The Minister for Social Development launched the Comprehensive Report on the Review of the White Paper for Social Welfare, 1997 on 4 November 2016. Professor Vivian Tylor, Chairperson of the Review Committee gave a brief overview of the Report at the launch and highlighted:
Prof Taylor briefly outlined the structure of the Report which contains information from organisations, DSD and beneficiaries from all national and provincial levels.
- The consultation process was comprehensive and inclusive of many stakeholders and role players across a wide spectrum. The Report is the result of a rigorous process and contains both quantitative and qualitative data
- DSD introduced the Integrated Service Model but it is not working in practice. There is a growing need for specialised services but need to ensure that people can access services at one point.
- There is a lack of reliable and meaningful data on service users which makes it difficult to plan
- There is a gap between policies and implementation
- In terms of intersectoral co-operation there is duplication and lack of clarity and proposals have been made
- There is an urgent need to draft and finalise an overarching act for social development [similar to the Health Act, Education Act, etc.]. The absence of such an Act, is a stumbling block. It must specify, for example, the roles and powers of all role players. Use the amended White Paper as the basis for the Act
- There has been a loss in services due to the financing of NGOs. Urgent attention is required regarding transfers to…