€400 supplementary child allowance for low income families, up to 2 children
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The Social Solidarity Minister Michael Farrugia, addressing a press conference today, said that the supplementary child allowance paid to low income families will amount to €400 per child, each year for families with up to two children, with an additional €200 for every other child.
He explained that the allowance will be granted as from September to those families having an annual income of less than €11,000. It is being paid this month in order to help families who have to make school related purchases.
This allowance amount, Minister Farrugia said, is in addition to the children’s allowance.
The Minister said that this extra allowance would cost the Government €9 million. However, there would be certain conditions to the allowance, such as children needed to attend school for 95% of school days and also had to receive those vaccinations required as per the National Vaccination Programme.
In an effort to stop truancy the Minister said that parents of children who did not attend school, would have to, from the first day, produce a medical certificate. This is a change to the current procedure where a certificate is only required after 3 days..