Families will be paid monthly child benefit of Sk500 (€12.12) per child and tax relief of Sk400 (€9.70) per month if Labour Ministry proposals are accepted. The move would mean that unemployed families would receive less benefit.
"We want to reach the stage where it pays to work," Labour Ministry Ľudovít Kaník explained.
He added that this was part of efforts to force the unemployed to look for work, based on increasing the difference between unemployment benefit and the minimum wage.
Compiled by Conrad Toft from press reports.
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.
30. May 2003 at 11:17