Good News for Parents with Children – the Seimas Approved Increasing Child Money to 50 Euros

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2018 12 06

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The Seimas has approved amendments to the Law on Benefits for Children, whereby, beginning in 2019, every child will receive 50 Euros in benefits, and large and poor families will also receive an additional 20 Euros together with child’s money. This means that children living in large and poor families will receive 70 Euros in benefits in total.

Large families are defined as families with 3 or more children, and poor families are defined as families capable of allocating less than 183 Euros per family member, exclusive of child money and 15-35 percent of work-related income, depending on the composition of the respective family.

The Seimas also approved the amendment proposed by Justas Džiugelis, a member of the Seimas, whereby all children with disabilities would receive 69.92 Euros in benefits, and large or poor families would receive an additional 20 Euros for each disabled child.

Child money shall be paid to all children from birth until the age of 18. Payments may also be rendered until the child turns 21, provided he/she is studying in accordance with a general education programme, including children studying in vocational training institutions which also provide general education.

The law also specifies that 16 year old children who have entered into marriages, or have been recognised as emancipated by the court, may receive child benefits for their children. Adult persons under 21 years of age who are studying in accordance with general education programmes shall also have the right to receive money provided to their children.

“As we have promised, money paid to every child will reach 50 Euros next year. This proposal was made in light of a very clear goal – we want to reduce child poverty, and help all families with children. By saying “all families”, I simply want to emphasise the universality of these benefits, which means that certain services and benefits shall be available to all children, regardless of their birth families,” said Linas Kukuraitis, Minister of Social Security and Labour.

According to estimates, increasing child benefits from 30 to 50 Euros could reduce the risk of poverty within the 0-17 age group by 4.3 percent; by 4.2 percent in one-parent families with one or several children; and by 9.2 percent in families with three or more children.

Universal child money was established in January 2018, and currently amounts to 30 Euros, with children of large and poor families also receiving additional payments which depend on their age. Currently, children aged 0-2 receive 28.5 Euros per month, and children aged 2-18+ who are studying in accordance with general education programmes receive 15.2 Euros per month.

According to data collected on 29 November, of the 507,300 submitted applications regarding child benefits, 504,200 have been approved, which amounts to a 99.4 percent approval rate.

Child money is paid for the preceding month, but parents are only allowed to collect it for no more than 12 previous months following the entry into force of the right to receive it. This means that in order to avoid losing child money from January 2018, applications for child benefits must be submitted no later than by the end of this year.

Applications for child benefits may be submitted to the administration of the relevant municipality or by internet at www.spis.lt.