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Opposition Submits Joint Proposal for Home-Care Subsidies

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.03.25.

The opposition submitted a joint proposal to parliament on Monday to recognise the home care of severely disabled people as full-time employment, the leftist Democratic Coalition (DK) said.

The proposal was signed by DK deputy head László Varju, Attila Mesterházy of the Socialists, independent lawmaker Anett Bősz, Párbeszéd co-leader Tímea Szabó and LMP’s Péter Ungár, and later joined by Jobbik’s Andrea Varga-Damm and LMP’s Krisztina Hohn.

Péter Ungár, László Varju and Attila Mesterházy. Photo by Szilárd Koszticsák/MTI

The proposal calls on the government to review the law in effect since January 1 regulating the subsidies for carers of severely disabled people, saying it is “discriminative”.

As of January 1, home caregivers of severely disabled people or people suffering from a debilitating illness are eligible to receive 100,000 forints (EUR 311) per month.

At a press conference held in January, Ungár said that the new regulation left several families without subsidies. He argued that under the new system, the carer of a child with mild autism — who is capable of eating on their own or dressing themselves — would not be eligible for support, even though one of the child’s parents has to give up their job to care for the child full-time.

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