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Welfare to triple in 2019

Welfare as a guaranteed minimum income to triple for vulnerable families, welfare beneficiaries to be re-qualified and reactivated on the labor market, while access to child benefits to be facilitated within the reforms of the social system as of 1 January 2019.

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, Minister of Labor and Social Policy Mila Carovska and Finance Minister Dragan Tevdovski presented the changes in the system on Tuesday.

The increase exceeds 300 percent for more than 70 percent of welfare beneficiaries. We are launching thorough reforms in the system of social and child protection. The objective is to help people to get out of poverty in a faster and easier way,” said PM Zaev.

Minister Carovska said the most important thing for a country is to invest in the human potential, because such investments are able to maintain a nation’s survival.

“We are redirecting funds to the citizens in risk, activating them on the labor market and giving a chance to their children for education and equal start as any other child,” stressed Carovska.

Minister Tevdovski said MKD 2,2 billion (EUR 35,7 million) have been allocated for the implementation of these reforms.

“We want to secure more money for the poor and be certain there are no hungry children, but also give them a chance to leave the poverty circle,” said the FinMin.