Cabinet proposes Covid-19 relief child subsidies

31 May, 2021

Courtesy of ICRT

The cabinet has announced a plan to offer families a one-off subsidy payment for each child.

The payment is part of the government's coronavirus relief package that is currently under discussion.

According to Cabinet spokesman Luo Bing-zheng, the child subsidy has been discussed at a Cabinet meeting, at which officials debated financial assistance to people affected by the disease and the subsequent government restrictions.

Luo says if the proposal is finalised and passed by the legislature, families with children up to elementary school level and teenage students with disabilities, will be granted a one-time subsidy of NT$10,000 per child.

And Luo says the subsidy will also cover parents of babies born during the current national Level 3 coronavirus alert.

It's estimated that the subsidy program will cover 2.45-million children up to elementary school level and some 50,000 teenage students with disabilities.

The cabinet is expected to release the final details of the programme later this week.

In related news, Premier Su Tseng-chang says people who received cash subsidies under last year’s bailout plan won’t need to reapply this time around.

The premier says they just need to fill in their personal data in a form and the subsidies will directly go into their bank accounts starting from 4 June.

Su says he has instructed all relevant government agencies to simplify the process and give aid to individuals as quickly as possible.

According to the National Development Council, there’ll be a one-time subsidy ranging from NT$10,000-30,000 for people like farmers, fishermen, tour guides, taxi drivers and the self-employed.

Employees in industries suffering significant economic impact could each get NT$20,000 in subsidies per month, while those with low incomes could get NT$4,500.

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