Elders using government grant to pay children’s school fees – Report

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Elderly persons receiving the Social Assistance Grants for Empowerment are mostly spending the money they are given to pay school fees for children under their care instead of using the funds to improve on their livelihoods, a re[ort has revealed.

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Over 300,000 elderly persons aged 80 years and above in the country receive 25,000 shillings every month ideally meant to help the elderly access basic services and also to start income-generating activities to help them.

However, according to the 2019 Social Protection Sector review, the majority of the elderly are using it to pay schools fees and buy scholastic materials for their grandchildren.

It is reported that 40 percent of the money is spent on paying fees while the rest of the money is spent on health care, buying food and then whatever little that is left is re-invested.

Social Assistance Grant for Empowerment (SAGE) is part of the Social Protection Programme (ESP) implemented by the Government of the Republic of Uganda under the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development.

Source: URN

 

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