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Federal budget for child allowance shrinks by €250 million

12:16 10/03/2015

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.

Written by Robyn Boyle



What about benefits for those that don't have kids?

Mar 10, 2015 13:29

"Allocation Familiale" should only be for 2 children in families with a very, very low income. At present, every parent receives money for their child despite how much the parent earns and how many children they have. This is ridiculous. Also, benefits are received until the child is 26 years old!!!!!!!! The age limit should be 18 when one is deemed an adult and can go out and find a job. It is a privilege to have more than 2 children and a choice if you want more -- if you cannot afford to have more than 2 children, do not have them. Do not rely on the state to fund your choices.

Mar 10, 2015 13:51

How does this work... If every child (in Belgium) is presumably created equal, how come a Walloon child gets €2,459/year whilst a child in Flanders gets €6,890/year?
The article doesn't bother mentioning what a child in Brussels gets...

Mar 10, 2015 14:31

Don't rely on the State to fund your choices? Good luck with that one in Belgium. I know people who choose to live in Thailand on the State.

Mar 10, 2015 22:35

The concept of 26 year old children still freaks me out, particularly in a country that considers them to be victims if they lose their job over the age of 50 and so due another 35 years of leisure time on the tax payer.

Mar 10, 2015 23:32