Minister to draft bill capping social assistance by end-Oct

Budapest, October 20 (MTI) – Hungary’s human resources minister has until the end of October to submit to the government draft legislation that would cap social assistance, according to a government resolution published in the latest issue of official gazette Magyar Kozlony.

Human Resources Minister Zoltan Balog must produce a draft of a bill that would “maximise” social payments with the aim of keeping them under income that can be earned as a participant in the state’s Start fostered work programme, the resolution shows.


Economy Minister Gyorgy Matolcsy said early in October that the government expected net savings of 8-10 billion forints (EUR 29m-36m) because of the introduction of the cap. He stressed that the ceiling would not affect subsidies for children’s welfare.