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Having a large family in Belgium pays off, says federal agency
There are currently about 100 families living in Belgium with 10 children or more, according to Famifed, the federal agency in charge of family allowances, writes Het Nieuwsblad. As a counterweight to the large amount of work and worry that comes with having a large family, the state provides some financial benefits, the agency says.
"The Belgian system of family allowances provides a monthly benefit that increases with the number of children," says Famifed spokeswoman Mathilde Beirnaert. "For a first child, parents get about €90 per month. The amount is then systematically raised to nearly €250 for a third child. From the third child, all children receive the same amount. "
After the fourth child, the benefit really starts to add up, according to Beirnaert. “In Flanders, there’s a family with 14 children. Their allowance is about €3,420 monthly." In Wallonia, where the family allowance is even higher, one particular family with 13 children receives €4,646 a month," she says.
The basic family allowance can also be extended for social reasons, for example if one of the children has a disability, so that parents may request additional support.