The Government plans to pay a differentiated benefit to children from deprived families and will ask for the position of the Constitutional Court on the matter next week, Labour Minister Rovana Plumb told Romania TV on Thursday.
‘We have an integrated package of measures to support the family. Apart from the child benefit that will be doubled on 1 June, plus the double benefit already implemented on 1 January 2015 for 500,000 children, we want to know if we can also have a differentiated child benefit to support more those children from deprived families. We intend to make a request to CCR next week, so that we know exactly what non-discrimination means in granting the universal child entitlements, if the discrimination refers to the amount of the benefit or not’, Rovana Plumb said.
The minister of labour noted there are 353,000 families with children who could receive more.
‘We are considering supplementing the child benefit for underprivileged families with an income of up to 530 lei per member. We need to see what CCR’s point of view is and we will start making the calculations’, Minister Plumb concluded.
Prime-Minister Victor Ponta also says that child benefit should be differentiated.
‘All child benefits are doubling as of 1 June! However, I believe that the benefit should be differentiated according to who needs the more, because 84 lei for a poor family is very little and the same amount for a family with a solid situation doesn’t make much difference. I would have preferred to pay not 82, but 164 or 328 lei to low-income families, as we did last year for the 600,000 children!’ Ponta wrote on Facebook.
The PM said on Wednesday that the public child benefit should be differentiated according to who needs the money.
‘Just think about it, if we had promised the measure, the ladies from PNL would have set themselves on fire that we were ruining the country. But they proposed it and we approved it’, Ponta said after the meeting of the PSD National Executive Committee, according to Agerpres.
He added that the Parliament was sovereign and if it had decided to double the child benefit, the measure would be implemented on 1 June by the Government that must enact the decisions of Parliament.
‘If the entire Parliament makes a decision and if it does it in unanimity, of course that the Government complies with it. I have said another think with the risk of annoying someone – in my opinion, the child benefit should be different according to the actual need, because 82 lei for a poor family is very little and the same amount for a family with a solid situation doesn’t matter, they probably don’t cash the check. The idea of a blanket benefit of 82 lei is one that I believe is unpractical, I would have preferred to pay not 82, but 164 or 328 lei to low-income families, as we did last year for the 600,000 and not increase the sums for people who won’t cash the 84 or 42 lei because they have enough income compared to which the 42 lei don’t count’, said the prime minister.
The plenary sitting of the Chamber of deputies on Wednesday voted for an amendment proposed by PNL, doubling public child benefits from 42 to 84 lei per month.
Alina Gorghiu accuses Victor Ponta of political theft
PNL Co-president Alina Gorghiu accuses PM Victor Ponta of political theft, as the prime-minister congratulated Rovana Plumb on doubling child benefit.
‘Victor Ponta congratulates Rovana Plumb on doubling child benefit. I expected him to start appropriating the PNL measure they didn’t even vote for, but I didn’t think the theft would happen so soon. This premier really ahs no limit in lies and imposture’, Alina Gorghiu states on Facebook.