School bonus to be paid in coming days
30 August 2006, BRUSSELS — Parents with school-age children in Belgium will be paid the federal government's promised school bonus in coming days to boost family purchasing power.
30 August 2006
BRUSSELS — Parents with school-age children in Belgium will be paid the federal government's promised school bonus in coming days to boost family purchasing power.
The bonus will amount to EUR 50 for children aged six to 11 and EUR 70 for children aged 12 to 17.
The age of the child — and therefore the amount of the bonus — will be determined by the age they were on 30 June.
The federal government said it would have been difficult to determine a child's age via another means.
It means that if children were still 11 years old on 30 June, their parents will be paid EUR 50, even if they are to start secondary school in September.
Students who have repeated and are 18 at the start of the new school year will not be paid anything.
In principle, the school bonus will be paid in the next few days, but there is one exception, news service VRT reported.
Parents with children who turned six in the second half of the year will have to wait two months after their birthday until they will be paid.
It means that these parents will be waiting until the end of February at the latest before they receive the bonus.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news