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Jobbik calls for doubled family allowance

The opposition Jobbik-Conservatives party has called for the family allowance to be doubled and proposed that recipients be required to spend the benefits on the needs of their children.

Addressing a press conference on Saturday, Jobbik lawmaker Daniel Z Karpat criticised the government’s “insufficient” back-to-school support measures, saying it was not enough to transfer the September family allowance at the end of August. He proposed the introduction of a “family card” on which families would get double the monthly allowance to cover back-to-school expenses.

The regular monthly allowance should also be doubled because “more than half” of its value has been lost due to inflation, he said. Putting monthly family allowances on the family card would ensure the money is spent on food and other items required to raise children, instead of on gambling and tobacco products, he added.

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