Thanks to applications for a one-off contribution of 5,000 crowns per child, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs identified about 90,000 parents who could be entitled to child allowance, but do not receive it. He will notify them in a text message, Minister of Labor Marian Jurečka (KDU-ČSL) told journalists on Thursday. The minister is convinced that the vast majority of them will be entitled, but it is necessary to enter more current data in the form than in the case of a one-time contribution.
With a one-time contribution of 5,000 crowns, the government wanted to mitigate the effects of price increases on families. The benefit is for children who were not yet 18 years old on August 1 or who will be born before the end of the year. About 1.6 million children from families with last year’s gross income of up to one million crowns are entitled to support. About 240,000 children from households with child benefits automatically received support, others can apply from August 15.
According to Jurečka, 844,000 people have applied for 1.26 million children so far, and 764,000 applications have been paid. The state obtained a large amount of data from applicants and was able to identify a group of parents with potential entitlement to child benefit, the minister said. “We’re going to take a step that the state has never done before and reach out to these parents by text or email,” he said.
The application for an allowance can then be submitted online. Jurečka drew attention to the threat of fraudulent text messages, all messages from his ministry will link only to the official website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. “The vast majority (of those addressed) will be entitled, but since we used data for the year 2021 for the one-time contribution, there can be no certainty that the data is still current in 2022, it is necessary to provide current data,” he added.
Households with a net income of up to 3.4 times the subsistence minimum are entitled to child benefits. Depending on the age of the child, they receive 630, 770 or 880 crowns per month. In families where at least one parent works, studies, is on parental leave or has a pension, the benefit is 500 crowns higher. So it amounts to 1130 crowns, 1270 crowns or 1380 crowns per month. Jurečka announced a week ago that the coalition agreed on a 30 percent increase in child benefits. The living and subsistence minimum are also to increase, which expands the range of families that can receive allowances.
Source: Tyden.cz by www.tyden.cz.
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