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State Secretary: National Consultation to Serve as Basis for Future Measures

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.09.13.

The findings of the government’s latest National Consultation public survey will serve as a basis for future measures that will provide significant help to millions of Hungarians, a government official said on Sunday.

The survey results indicate strong support for government policies based on tax cuts and family support, Csaba Dömötör, a Prime Minister’s Office parliamentary state secretary, told public broadcaster Kossuth Radio.

Most people who filled out the survey do not believe that the world will return to the way it was before the pandemic, so the government must work to protect jobs while supporting families and maintaining security, Dömötör said.

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People were also in agreement that all generations and segments of society should benefit from the post-pandemic economic recovery, he added.

Dömötör said the first announcement based on the survey’s findings was expected to be about the extension of the moratorium on loan repayments.

The public also supports a personal income tax rebate for families raising children if economic growth reaches 5.5 percent, he said, adding that the measure was set to leave the average family with hundreds of thousands of forints more in disposable income.

Also, 98 percent of the survey’s respondents agreed on the need to give constitutional protection to family subsidies and low taxes on labor, Dömötör said.

An overwhelming majority of respondents agreed on raising the minimum wage to 200,000 forints (EUR 570), he added.

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Around 1,423,000 Hungarians returned the National Consultation questionnaire.

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