Labour minister defends “levy bonus

With Great Britain having introduced a variation of the so-called “levy bonus” critics in Slovakia who took pot shots at the concept, arguing that no country had ever introduced such a measure within its social system, Jozef Mihál, Slovakia’s Labour, Social Affairs and Family Minister told the TASR newswire on December 6 that the criticism is inappropriate. Mihál spoke to TASR after he took part in an EU Council on Employment and Social Affairs (EPSCCO) meeting where he met with Chris Greyling who is responsible for employment at the British Labour and Pensions Ministry.

With Great Britain having introduced a variation of the so-called “levy bonus” critics in Slovakia who took pot shots at the concept, arguing that no country had ever introduced such a measure within its social system, Jozef Mihál, Slovakia’s Labour, Social Affairs and Family Minister told the TASR newswire on December 6 that the criticism is inappropriate.

Mihál spoke to TASR after he took part in an EU Council on Employment and Social Affairs (EPSCCO) meeting where he met with Chris Greyling who is responsible for employment at the British Labour and Pensions Ministry.

The universal credit, to be introduced in Great Britain as of 2013, is designed to unify and level forms of state assistance.

"We discussed how to introduce this measure – called the levy bonus in Slovakia and the universal credit in UK – as it is one and the same thing. This will simplify the system of social benefits. Much like us, Britain would like to introduce the system as of 2013," said Mihál.

Source: TASR

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