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Federal budget for child allowance shrinks by €250 million
The Belgian government’s budget for child allowance in 2015 will decrease from €6.6 billion to €6.35 billion to reflect the final budget adjustment based on zero inflation, according to based on a report from the Department of Social Services.
The budget for child benefit, a monthly allowance paid out to employees for each child up to the age of 25 years, was adjusted on 1 January. According to the redistribution, Wallonia will this year receive €2.13 billion to be divided among 867,000 children, and Flanders will get €3.45 billion for about a half million children.
The regulation surrounding child benefits remains unchanged in 2015, but from 2016 the regions will be allowed to draw up their own rules for the allowance, including limits based on age and income levels.