Child allowances to be paid against parents’ income

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Prime Minister Emil Boc on Friday said there is a draft law with the Labour Ministry under which state child allowances will be differentiated according to parents’ income.

‘Our point of view is that we should earmark more consistent financial resources in the form of child allowances to children in families on smaller income compared with the children in families on higher income,’ Boc told journalists on a visit to the Remarul 16 February factory of Cluj-Napoca, central Romania. He mentioned that allowances to children in families on smaller income will be increased at the same time with a decrease in the allowances to children whose parents gain higher incomes.

‘We want to use this money to increase a bit the size of the allowances to children whose parents draw smaller income and cut from the allowances to the children whose parents win more. This is a principle of active solidarity which I believe does not violate any constitutional principles, because the size of the allowances is not established under the Constitution,’ said Boc.

He pointed out that no budgetary savings are aimed at by adjusting the child allowances. ‘Let me be very clear: we do not aim to effect budgetary savings at the children’s expense. I want to follow the principle of active solidarity, which means we have to assist those who are most in need of financial resources. We as a society need to display solidarity and encourage those who draw small incomes, including by this financial aid,’ said Boc.

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