Vitoria, Mar 1 (EFE).- The child support program launched by the Department of Equality, Justice and Social Policies has received 2,331 applications in its first hours.
These will begin to be paid in the month of April.
The councilor for this area, Nerea Melgosa, has released these data during a visit to the Vitoria Seminary.
A good part of the personnel in charge of managing this benefit is located in this building, which will reach up to 65,000 people.
Aid per child of 200 euros per month
As of today, all families residing in the Basque Country with children under the age of three can request a subscription of 200 euros per month.
As of the third child, the aid is extended until the child is seven years old, with 100 euros per month.
As of 11:00 a.m., 2,331 registered applications have been recorded, either electronically or by forms filled out in physical locations, such as the Zuzenean headquarters, and already uploaded to the system.
The majority have been registered in Bizkaia (1,142), followed by Gipuzkoa (821) and Álava (368).
“The commitment is to promote a sustained and sustainable aid system that creates a framework of favorable conditions, both for emancipation and for families to have the children they want and when they want,” he explained.
He recalled that with this measure Basque families will directly receive 7,200 euros per child.
Another 4,800 more in the case of third parties and successive ones, so that the benefit could reach 12,000 euros until they are seven years old.
This money, as specified, will add to tax deductions and other aid and initiatives.
Among them he has listed the free Haurreskolak (children’s schools), the support for emancipation for young people and the aid for conciliation.
He has underlined the importance of facing the demographic challenge, which he has defined as a “country challenge”.
He recalled that the Eustat data shows that the birth rate in the Basque Country is well below the European average and in continuous decline.
“In the Basque Country we want to deal with the decline in the birth rate, late emancipation and the delay in the age of maternity”, he pointed out.
For this, the Basque Government will allocate 110 million euros to families in this program.
65,000 children benefited from aid
More than 65,000 children will benefit from these aids.
Melgosa has underlined the expectation that this measure has aroused, with 1,619 calls and 752 emails received until yesterday with inquiries about its processing.
They can be requested electronically, for which it will be necessary to have a means of digital identification.
In person, through the Zuzenean delegations, Post Offices and Town Halls.
The counselor has made it clear that all families entitled to payment will receive their help and in all cases it will be retroactive to January 1.
A deadline has been set until October to be able to apply for aid with this retroactive nature, corresponding to the months of January and February of this year.EFE