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Family benefits reducing child poverty: family ministry

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Victoria Bieniek 13.04.2018 17:37
Child poverty has dropped by 70-80 percent since 2015 thanks to the government's 500+ programme of benefits for families, according to the Polish family ministry's estimates.
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According to Poland's Central Statistical Office, child poverty fell by 40 percent since 2017.

The family ministry said that the benefits had also seen a hike in the birth rate, with 20,000 more children born in 2017 than in 2016, when the programme was introduced.

Under the programme, the government gives PLN 500 a month for each child in low-income families, and for second and next children in all other families.

The 500+ programme was among a number of ambitious spending promises made by the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party ahead of elections in late 2015 in which it swept to power. (vb/pk)

Source: IAR

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