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    Welfare Ministry proposes EUR 100 monthly support for families with three and more children

    RIGA, Oct 11 (LETA) - The Welfare Ministry's latest proposal regarding support for large families is to not increase any child benefits but support families with three and more children with EUR 100 monthly, starting next year, Welfare Minister Janis Reirs (Unity) told LETA.

    According to Reirs, this will ensure adhering to two important principles - support for the existing families will not be reduced, and there will be extra support for families with three or more children.

    This is just one of the proposals, but the final agreement on the best option is to be reached in two months at the latest, Reirs said.

    As reported, as of January 1, 2018 the size of child care allowances in Latvia will depend on the number of children growing up in the particular family, but the exact size of these benefits will set by the end of this year, according to draft amendments to the law on social benefits approved yesterday by the government.

    The Welfare Ministry said that the size of the child care allowances will be set by the end of this year in the amended regulations on allowances for child care and for disabled children.

    Previously the Welfare Ministry proposed increasing the monthly child benefit for the first child to EUR 15, the benefit for the second child to EUR 30, and the benefit for the third and subsequent children to EUR 60.

    At the moment, the monthly child benefit for the first child is EUR 11.38, EUR 22.76 for the second child, EUR 34.14 for the third child, and EUR 50.07 for the fourth and subsequent children.

    The total budget spending on family benefits is projected at EUR 107.6 million in 2018.

    • Published: 11.10.2017 15:54
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