Parents to receive aid when staying at home with children

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It is planned to introduce a sick leave support for parents who stay at home with children during pandemic, government decided November 24.

The Prime Minister Krišjānis Karins (“New Unity”) announced after the meeting that the government supported the Welfare Ministry's proposal that if the COVID-19 situation requires children under ten years of age to learn remotely, the child's parent will be able to receive a state-paid sick leave.

"We made the decision to provide support to parents with small children who, due to COVID-19 restrictions, cannot attend school in person and are forced to be at home.

One of the parents will be able to get a sick leave, support, looking after a child under 10 at home," Prime Minister said.

Minister for Health Ilze Vinķele said: "This aid will apply to those parents who might be forced to stay at home due to restrictions in more affected municipalities."

Welfare Ministry (LM) explained that while COVID-19 continues to spread rapidly, certain pre-primary education institutions are closed and learning in the general education program is organized remotely. As a result, in a number of families with children aged from one year to ten, or a disabled child under 18 and where parents are not able to work remotely due to the specific nature of their work, there is a need for support for childcare.

Amendments to the law will still have to be approved by the Saeima.

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