Liberman, Barbivai delay haredi child-care subsidy cuts until November

2021-07-14 23:17:49

Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman and Economic system Minister Orna Barbivay have introduced that cuts to child-care subsidies for households during which the daddy research full time in yeshiva will likely be delayed till November 1.

The 2 ministers stated the choice to delay the cuts was made to provide such households extra time to organize financially for the affect the measure may have on their family price range.

Liberman has been denounced for making the cuts, which quantity to over NIS 1,000 per little one, by ultra-Orthodox rabbis and politicians who described the choice as a harsh and merciless assault on ultra-Orthodox households.

Liberman for his half defended the measure, saying it was designed to get ultra-Orthodox males into work and wean them off authorities welfare and a dependence on the ultra-Orthodox events for his or her livelihood.

Senior United Torah Judaism MK Ya’acov Litzman dismissed the choice to delay the cuts, saying the measure was “merciless and depraved, the aim of which is to hurt and destroy ultra-Orthodox households and people who examine Torah.”

Added Litzman “The Reform authorities of Bennett, Liberman and Lapid is merciless to the ultra-Orthodox and dangerous to Jewish custom.”

Final week, Liberman determined to revoke the eligibility of fathers learning full-time in yeshiva for child-care subsidies, enraging ultra-Orthodox political leaders.

The ministry has lengthy supplied child-care subsidies for the younger kids of ladies learning in establishments of upper schooling or who’re in employment, with the intention to encourage them to affix the workforce.

The subsidies had been nevertheless not conditional on the employment, or lack thereof, of the spouses of such ladies, that means that households during which the daddy was a full-time yeshiva pupil may additionally receive the subsidy.

The subsidies quantity to from NIS 900 to NIS 1,200 per little one, and in complete, round 130,000 households profit from the subsidies yearly, with the Labor and Welfare Ministry spending some NIS 1.2 billion on these advantages, roughly a 3rd of which went to ultra-Orthodox households.

Liberman has argued, nevertheless, that the subsidies had been initially designed to encourage ladies, in addition to males, to take part within the workforce, to not subsidize full-time yeshiva examine by males.

In step with Liberman’s new standards, fathers will now must work or examine in a non-religious academic institute for a minimum of 24 hours every week, one thing which might preclude full-time yeshiva examine.

In the beginning of 2020, round 53% of ultra-Orthodox males had been employed in comparison with over 85% of non-ultra-Orthodox males.

The subsidies comprise a good portion of an ultra-Orthodox household’s family revenue, and canceling them will trigger quick monetary issues for such households.

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