Government to raise maternity benefits, introduce new home-care subsidy in 2019

Hungary’s government will increase general maternity benefits as well as maternity benefits for university students or graduates and introduce a new subsidy for parents tending to permanently sick children at home, the human resources ministry said on Tuesday.

As of today, eligible mothers are entitled to a maximum of 208,600 forints (EUR 649) a month in maternity benefits, the ministry told MTI. Female university students enrolled in a bachelor’s programme will be eligible for 104,300 forints in support and students enrolled in a master’s programme for 136,500 forints.

Female university students or graduates are eligible for an extra year of child support up to the child’s second birthday.

One of the major changes for this year is that home caregivers of severely disabled children or children suffering from a debilitating illness will be eligible to receive 100,000 forints per month, irrespective of the child’s age, the ministry added.

Source: MTI