The headquarters of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs in Prague in a picture taken on April 15, 2016.
České Budějovice – The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs will examine almost 33,000 applications for education allowance in the amount of CZK 500, of which about 75 percent were submitted by men. The Ministry will check whether all requests are justified, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Marian Jurečka (KDU-ČSL) told journalists. He recorded cases where people demonstrably did not take care of the upbringing of the child for the majority of the time, and still submitted the application.
“We want to check the approximately 33,000 applications that came from widows and widowers. We called on these applicants to be able to prove to us that they were really the ones who took care of the child's education for the majority of the time until he came of age. We need to know that the money , which we will admit to these people, they are going after people who really cared about the child. We have some concrete knowledge from practice that there have been applications from people who have come to apply, come to try and we know that these people really did not care about the child, ” said the minister.
The education fee has been in place since January. The parent who cared more is entitled to an increase in the pension for raising children. They are mostly women. The Czech Social Security Administration previously stated that in January, the pension of 1.4 million women was automatically increased for three million of their children.
Over 952,000 men and more than 1.4 million women have an old-age pension from the CSSS. In January, the average old-age pension for men was 20,710 crowns and for women 18,255 crowns. Education reduced the difference. On average, men received 20 percent more than women in December, and 13 percent in January.
19 billion crowns are needed for education fees this year, the amount is for debt.
Czech Social Security Administration (ČSSZ) received almost 33,000 applications for educational allowances. About three-quarters of them were filed by men. Now the office handles the cases. If it is not possible to demonstrate a greater scope of child care, the office will not grant a bonus of 500 crowns for a raised child and will reject the application, František Boháček, central director of the CSSS, told ČTK back in February.