Child Supplement policy aimed at helping children at risk of poverty
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The Minister for the Family and Social Solidarity, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, has announced the introduction of a new ‘Child Supplement’ policy in a bid to help combat child poverty.
The Minister explained that this new benefit is over and above the children’s allowance as it will be linked to a number of conditions that have to be met to be able to receive it.
These include the attendance of children in school, regular check ups on their health, and the participation in sporting and cultural activities.
If these conditions are not met, said Minister Coleiro Preca, the benefit will not be given to the parents, but put into a bank account on behalf of the son or daughter, which could then only be used for the child’s future education and training.
The new benefits consist of €400 each annually for the first three children and €200 for each subsequent child.
The Minister explained that to qualify for the new benefit couples must earn less than €11,000 per year, and single parents must earn less than €9,000.
She said there that eligible parents do not need to apply for this benefit because the Government already has the necessary information through the provision of the Children’s Allowance .
Minister Coleiro Preca concluded by saying that this benefit will help 22,000 children at risk of poverty.