Socialist politician derides cash-for-kids initiative
25 July 2007 , MADRID – A leading socialist politician has criticised the Spanish government for offering EUR 2,500 for every child born in the country.
25 July 2007
MADRID – A leading socialist politician has criticised the Spanish government for offering EUR 2,500 for every child born in the country.
In an editorial for the conservative newspaper ABC, the former president of Extremadura’s regional council, Juan Carlos Rodriguez, said: “If women have conquered a social and economic space it is unfair and blind to expect that for EUR 2,500, plus the tip from regional governments, they will dedicate themselves to what they did before plus what they are doing now”.
Contemporary Spain has a lower birth rate than the European average with many parents who grew up in big families opting to have just one child.
The phenomenon is often thought to be the result of more Spanish women going out to work and limited childcare payments for families.
Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero announced the new payment to support parents during his State of the Nation speech to parliament earlier this year.
“If Zapatero and the heads of our regional governments really believe that by offering EUR 2,500…we Spaniards…are going to force ourselves into procreation it is because they will be the first to set an example”, wrote Rodriguez Ibarra.
(Copyright EFE with Expatica)
Subject: Spanish News