Government Allowances to Large Families in Israel Go into Effect

The Government’s new allowances to Israeli families with more than three children went into effect today.

Each family, regardless of economic status, will receive a monthly grant of 6 Israeli pounds ($3.30) for the fourth child, with amounts for each additional child, ranging to 10 pounds ($5.50) for the eighth child. The payments beginning tomorrow will be made in advance for a three-month period.

Although the “large family” grant law was passed unanimously earlier this year by the Knesset, many Israelis view the rushing of the implementation of this law as “a stunt” to influence the current national election campaign for the November balloting.

Meanwhile, it was announced today that the Cabinet had deferred until after the elections the implementation of a decision taken by the Government this year to float a compulsory loan for the absorption of new immigrants.

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