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Czech lower house approves bill increasing child benefits

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The Czech lower house has passed a bill that will increase child benefits and the number of families who are entitled to them, reported the Czech News Agency (ČTK).

The bill was approved by an overwhelming majority with 177 out of 178 deputies present endorsing the change, according to the report.

Child benefits will increase by 26% and they will be paid to families with incomes of up to 3.4 times the subsistence level, retrospectively from July. Presently 10% of Czech families are entitled to them, under the new law it should be 20%. The amendment stipulates a monthly benefit of CZK 630, 770, and 880 depending on the child's age.

The tax relief for second and additional children will increase by about 15%. 

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