School bonus for parents in September
20 June 2006, BRUSSELS — Parents of school age children in Belgium can expect to receive in September a cash bonus from the federal government to boost the public's purchasing power.
20 June 2006
BRUSSELS — Parents of school age children in Belgium can expect to receive in September a cash bonus from the federal government to boost the public's purchasing power.
The Cabinet reached an agreement over the school bonus on Sunday, but has been unable to finalise the amount of money to be paid.
The amount will be decided mid-July, when the budget assessment for 2006 is completed, newspaper 'De Standaard' reported on Tuesday.
The Socialist PS party repeated its proposal on Monday to pay EUR 75 to children older than six, EUR 100 to children older than 12 and EUR 125 to children older than 18.
The government is preparing legislation so child allowance schemes can be easily amended to include the one-off extra payment.
Budget Minister Freya Van den Bossche said the money would come in very handy for parents at the start of a new school year.
"Whoever said that this is an electoral sweet, is well off or simply wrong. For us, this school bonus is really a priority, on condition that there is money in the budget," the Socialist SP.A minister said.
Liberal VLD Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt also stressed on Monday that the school bonus will be definitely paid in September.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news