Benefits to people taking care of invalid family members in their homes should be increased to reach “at least the minimum wage,” opposition LMP deputy Péter Ungár told an online press conference on Thursday.
The current coronavirus epidemic “has shown that caregiving is crucial for cohesion within the state and we must not consider those activities as an infinite resource we do not need to pay for,” Ungár said.
Not only parents with disabled children should be granted at least the minimum wage but people taking care of other family members, typically elderly parents, he said.
Ungár noted that the same proposal had been tabled to parliament by then opposition Fidesz in 2004, but parliament’s Socialist-Liberal majority voted it down.
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