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Conscript's child allowance set to rise in 2019
The Ministry of Defence is preparing a draft, with which conscript’s child allowance will rise to EUR 300 per month starting in 2019.
The child allowance is paid in addition to the conscript’s monthly support, which is between EUR 100 and EUR 200 per month, depending on the duration of service. Thus far, conscript’s child allowance had been EUR 50 per month.
According to Anu Rannaveski, Director of the Defence Service Department of the Ministry of Defence, conscript’s child allowance is currently not a significant issue, with support being paid this year to only 48 children.
‘This makes it all the easier for us to resolve this shortcoming, reducing the many domestic worries of conscripts and helping them to further focus on their training,’ said Rannaveski.
When raising conscript’s child allowance the amount of support prescribed in the Family Law Act was followed, according to which the monthly support payment for one child shall not be less than half of the minimum monthly wage established by the Government of the Republic. The current minimum wage is EUR 500, therefore the minimum monthly support payment is EUR 250.
Conscript’s child allowance is regulated by the Government of the Republic Regulation ‘The extent and procedure for the payment of support for conscripts and persons in alternative service, the support paid to reservists for participating in reservist training, and the extent and payment of conscript’s child allowance or child allowance for a person in alternative service’.
Over a period of five years, conscript’s child allowance is received by an average of 60 children, although there have been some years where the number of recipients has also been below 30.
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