Thursday, January 9, 2020
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Armenia Dramatically Hikes Child Benefits

Citing the need to reverse Armenia’s falling birthrate, the government approved on Thursday sharp increases in child benefits which will come into force in July. In particular, parents will receive a one-off payment of 300,000 drams ($625) in cash for having their first or second child. They are currently paid only 50,000 drams for the first child and 150,000 drams for the second. The government also raised from 18,000 drams to 26,500 monthly benefits allocated to the mothers of children under the age of 2. They will also be paid to officially unemployed women in rural areas, who have not been eligible for any maternity leave compensation until now. Working mothers living there will get 52,000 drams. Read More