National Alliance proposes one-off aid for families with children in Latvia

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Party association National Alliance (NA) has proposed a one-off payment to support families, according to the NA statement February 8.

According to NA, families could be paid a one-off benefit of €500 per child. This would serve as additional aid to mitigate the negative effects during the Covid-19 restrictions.  The benefits would also be apply to children in custody or foster family.

Overall, €170 million would be needed for this. The payment could be started as of March 1.

In addition, the party called for extra support to be paid to families with disabled children, €250, and for multi-child families – €250-500, if the children are under 24, dependent and studying. Additional payments would require €23 million.

"Many families are currently experiencing a shrinking income. At the same time, children have long been learning at home, and families are adapting their daily lives and purchasing a variety of educational items. A new solution is needed to support families, raise optimism about the future and, at the same time, boost consumption and strengthen the national economy. The emergency has been extended until April 6, and we believe that there should also be additional support alongside these restrictions," said NA leader Raivis Dzintars.

National Alliance added that this proposal had first come November, but did not gain support. Another proposal regarding families that came from the NA early January was the controversial suggestion to provide a clear definition of 'family' in the Constitution, which is still being debated in the Saeima. 

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