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LMP calls on government to raise home care subsidy

Opposition LMP has decided to re-submit a proposal initiating that the allowance for people taking care of sick family members at home should be raised to the level of the minimum wage, a party spokesman told a press conference on Monday.

Jozsef Gal pointed to Hungary’s ageing society and insufficient places in seniors’ care homes, and said there was a growing need for family members to take care of the elderly and sick at home. “However, the government is reluctant to raise the current monthly allowance of 68,500 forints (EUR 176) to an acceptable level,” he said. Gal added the ruling parties had “invariably swept the bill off the table” several times before.

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