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HUF 29 bln for poor to be spent on giving advice

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The government has approved a HUF 29 bln draft programme to help the needy, and forwarded the plan to the European Commission, Hungarian daily Magyar Hírlap said yesterday. In all, 85% of the programme would be funded by the European Union.

The plan reportedly focuses on advising families with children under three years old, the homeless and old people with low pensions on ways to break out of poverty. The first applications are to be invited early next year. State secretary for social affairs at the Human Resources Ministry, Károly Czibere, told the paper that the ministry wants to extend the programme to all young people raised in poor families. Studies have shown that 9% or 10% of people under 18 do not get food regularly, he added.

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