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Socialists to give back-to-school support to families in need

Kasler: Government sending aid to 40,000 poor kindergarten starters

The government is sending 40,000 packages to families at Hungary's 300 porest towns to help them with children starting kindergarten in September, the human resources minister told a press conference on Monday.

Miklos Kasler said that the packages, distributed by the Hungarian Maltese Charity and its partner organisations, contained educational equipment and articles of personal hygiene.

The packages are worth a combined 800 million forints (EUR 2.3m), he added.

Socialists to give back-to-school support to families in need

The opposition Socialist Party on Monday said it is giving 20 million forints (EUR 57,000) to families struggling to cover the costs of getting their children ready for the new school year.

The charity drive financed from the party’s solidarity fund will also be used to help families protect themselves against a fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic, Bertalan Toth, the party’s co-leader, told an online press conference.

Over the last three years, the Socialists have used their solidarity fund to help those in need in a variety of ways, including by organising food drives, providing back-to-school support, pandemic defence and helping them during the Christmas season, he said.

Toth said it was “shameful” that the government was not helping needy families prepare for the new school year, “especially since hundreds of thousands have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic”. He noted that his party has proposed increasing the jobseekers’ allowance and extending the eligibility period for it and doubling the family allowance.

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