ACCORDING to the Centre of Labour, Social Affairs and Family (ÚPSVAR) almost 65,000 Slovaks in March were receiving what is called ‘activation benefit’ worth €63.07 a month, the TASR newswire wrote.
Activation benefit is available to Slovaks in material need and is supposed to help them acquire, maintain or increase their knowledge, professional skills or working habits so that they can find a job.
Prešov Region had the most residents receiving this benefit – over 19,000 – followed by Banská Bystrica Region (18,582) and Košice Region (17,613).
The number of people receiving activation benefit in western regions of Slovakia was much lower.
Nitra Region had 4,000 recipients of activation benefit, followed by Žilina Region with 2,694, Trenčín Region with 1,537 and Trnava Region with 1,025. Only 160 persons in Bratislava Region drew activation benefit in March.