The opposition Democratic Coalition calls on the government to draft a comprehensive strategy to improve the situation of families with children living below the subsistence level, an MEP of the leftist party said on Sunday.
There are 750,000 children living in Hungary below the poverty line today, Péter Niedermüller told a press conference, citing a fresh study by research institute Policy Agenda.
The study shows that the risk for a family to slip into poverty increases in proportion to the number of children it undertakes to raise which gives cause for concern, he said.
DK urges raising the family allowance for families in which the monthly pay of parents is lower than the average national wage, he said.
The party further calls for designing a more effective social and family care system and introducing an education grant scheme to support children living in disadvantaged families, Niedermüller added.
These children and their families need social support and measures to help their overall integration into society, the MEP said.