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PSD offers €10,000 for every Portuguese child

PSDWith elections around the corner, the PSD Opposition has released a new manifesto:, “Politics for Infancy”. Designed to encourage families to reproduce, the major ‘carrot’ is a phased series of payments to every family amounting to €10,000 per child. Says party leader Rui Rio, the idea is to scrap the current child benefit system – which only benefits a few – and help everyone, irrespective of income.

Measures include free creche spaces for the ages six months to six years and increased paternity leave.

But there’s a ‘but’.

The plan has “not been calculated to the millimetre”, says Rio. Once the party gets to the point where it has to come up with a State Budget – assuming of course that it gets into power – “we would have to see where to cut in order to invest in these areas”, he concluded.

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