Latvia plans to increase child benefits for large families

Latvia plans to increase child benefits for large families starting next year, Welfare Ministry representative Marika Kupče told LETA Wednesday, reported LSM.

It's planned to raise the benefit from €34.14 to €50 a month for the fourth and all consecutive children.

The Welfare Ministry also plans to improve childcare for children without a family, by developing the support system for people who want to adopt, as well as by improving orphanages.

Benefits for people who've lost a guardian are also to be increased, as are social security payments made for people taking care of children up to one and a half years of age.

The Welfare Ministry has previously announced plans to increase child benefits to €15 for the firstborn, €75 for the third child and €105 for the fourth and consecutive children. The increase is to be carried out by the second half of 2019.

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