Government to double childcare subsidy to NT$5,000 in 2021

09/29/2020 05:01 PM
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Taipei, Sept. 29 (CNA) The central government is set to double the childcare subsidy for households with young children up to the age of 4, starting next year, rising from NT$2,500 (US$68.86) to NT$5,000 per month, Education Minister Pan Wen-chung (潘文忠) said Tuesday.

The proposed increase is under final review by the Executive Yuan and will take effect next year, according to Pan.

Pan made the remarks at a legislative hearing.

Currently, parents with children aged 2-4 who are not enrolled in a public or semi-public preschool are entitled to NT$2,500 per child per month.

According to an administrative report for 2021 by the Executive Yuan, a total of NT$60.7 billion has been earmarked to tackle Taiwan's falling birth rate, up NT$10.3 billion, or 20.3 percent, from a year earlier.

The budget plan includes NT$55 billion to create a more child-raising friendly environment.

(By Wang Yang-yu and Evelyn Kao)

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