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Government introduced measures for unemployed and students

The Government has introduced two other measures from the so-called social package, namely, the option to receive simultaneous welfare payments and wages, and cuts in social security and health insurance payments for students working under work agreements (“dohoda”), Prime Minister Robert Fico said at a press conference on October 16.

The Government has introduced two other measures from the so-called social package, namely, the option to receive simultaneous welfare payments and wages, and cuts in social security and health insurance payments for students working under work agreements (“dohoda”), Prime Minister Robert Fico said at a press conference on October 16.

“By today, we’ve already completed five out of 15 promised measures, or one-third,” Fico said, as quoted by the TASR newswire. “What’s left to do is the free-of-charge train transport and a significant decision, concerning some 500,000-600,000 people in Slovakia, the reduction of levies for those with low- and medium incomes. In January, we can look forward to the first drop in gas charges for households.”

Regarding the first measure, parliament passed an amendment to the law on material need benefit in order to improve the situation of the long-term unemployed. For example, the budget of a family with two children where one parent finds a job will temporarily increase by more than €250 a month, the Pravda daily wrote. The changes should motivate long-term unemployed who are eligible to draw material need benefit to find and keep the job, according to Labour Minister Ján Richter.

“It’s necessary to extend a helping hand to the long-term unemployed and create a motivation for them to work,” Richter said, as quoted by TASR.

A second measure stipulated that as of next year, the income limit under which students are not required to pay deductions will be raised to €200. Richter stated that approximately 64,000 students had a part-time job under work agreements, with 60 percent of them having to work because they come from low-income social backgrounds.

The Cabinet plans to evaluate the results of its measures for feedback purposes.

“We have an interest to submit the results to a thorough analysis at least in the first year of their implementation,” said Richter.

(Source: TASR, Pravda)

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