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The leftist opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) has said it will submit to parliament a bill on doubling family allowances.

At a press conference on Monday, DK group spokesman Zsolt Gréczy noted that the government had decided to double President János Áder’s 1.5 million forint (EUR 4,480) salary based on the argument that the head of state’s salary had been stagnant for 10 years.

Today a family raising one child receives a monthly family allowance of 12,200 forints, Gréczy said, insisting that this sum was “barely enough to cover a bigger pack of diapers”. “Yet President Áder will be getting an extra 1.5 million forints a month,” he added.

“The Fidesz government is not pro-family because it would rather double the million-forint salary of its partisan soldier than give an extra 10,000 forints to families,” Gréczy said.

Asked about the government’s family protection action plan, Gréczy said those measures had “failed”. He argued that there were many who could not avail of the family support scheme dubbed CSOK, adding that many of those who did were unaware that the loan had to be paid back.