published: 13.09.2013, 18:52 | updated: 13.09.2013 18:57:33
Prague - The Czech Labour and Social Affairs Ministry spent four-fifths of the sum allocated to material need benefits in 2013 by the end of July, that is almost six billion crowns out of 7.5 billion, it ensues from a report of the central Labour Office released today.
This is 1.7 billion crowns more than in 2012 as the number of destitution benefits recipients, such as families in need, has been rising.
More people received benefits for the disabled, foster parents and the unemployed in 2013, while less money was spent on pensions and parental benefits compared to the same period of 2012.
The material need benefits include subsistence allowance, additional housing charge and extraordinary financial aid. The expenditures on all of them increased this year.
"The reason for this year-on-year rise is mainly a high number of job applicants without the right to unemployment benefits and families´ low-income situation," the Labour Office says.
The state paid some 600 million crowns more than last year on unemployment benefits, retraining and severance pay.
Jobless people received 6.04 billion crowns in benefits, which is 11 percent more than in 2012.
However, this year´s budget has reckoned with a higher sum.
In July, 111,300 people received unemployment benefits, which is one-fifth of those registered by the Labour Office and 19,500 more than a year ago.
In January-July 2013, a total of 210.4 billion crowns were spent on pensions, which is some 2.3 billion crowns less than last year. Old-age pensioners received 169.7 billion crowns this year, which is 700 million crowns less than last year.
The disabled and the elderly received care allowances of 11.28 billion crowns in total, last year it was 10.57 billion.
Expenditures on social support has increased too.
The Czech state spent 4.23 billion crowns on housing benefits this year, which was 905 million crowns more than in 2012. In July, 205,500 people received them, which is 34,900 more than last year. The individual benefits were also higher.
On the other hand, fewer people took parental benefits compared to 2012.
In July, 295,800 mothers and fathers received parental benefits, which is 11,600 fewer than last year. This year, the state spent 14.36 billion crowns on parental benefits, while last year it was 329.3 million crowns more.
The reason is a decreasing birth rate in the Czech Republic. Besides, many parents have ended their two-year parental leave this year.
Foster parents received 1.14 billion crowns in benefits from January to July, which was 431.1 million less than in 2012.
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