Spain to offer paternity rights, more benefits for mothers

29th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

29 September 2004, MADRID – Spain's Socialist government is to increase spending on benefits for young mothers and children by over 11 percent next year, the Minister of Work and Social Affairs said Wednesday.

29 September 2004

MADRID – Spain's Socialist government is to increase spending on benefits for young mothers and children by over 11 percent next year, the Minister of Work and Social Affairs said Wednesday.

Jesus Caldera said the budget for 2005 would also include an increase in spending on elderly care of nearly 8 percent.

Caldera told the Spanish parliament the government wanted  to support work and family life by spending more on these two sectors.

He said it was a "key" political measure. 

He said new paternity rights will be introduced in a draft law expected next year. This will include paying benefit payments for paternity leave.

The government will spend EUR 1.2 billion next year on benefits for pregnant women – an increase of 11.6 percent.

Caldera said this rise in benefits was necessary because more women were working and the birth rate was rising.

And in an effort to support more women who wanted to go back to work, the government will provide more places for children the age of three to go to school or kindergarten.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news


 

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