Low-income families in Czechia eligible for back-to-school subsidies, govt. says

School supplies, lunches, and excursions will be part- or fully-subsidized for children of families with low incomes.


Written by ČTK Published on 25.08.2023 10:03:00 (updated on 25.08.2023) Reading time: 2 minutes

Families facing material deprivation are set to receive a much-needed lifeline through a new initiative aimed at easing the financial burden of back-to-school expenses, according to a new government announcement.

In a recent press conference, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Marian Jurečka unveiled a comprehensive plan to provide immediate support to families struggling to afford essential school equipment for their children. 

Bags and stationery will be paid for

Jurečka emphasized the government's commitment to assisting parents, single parents, and single mothers who find themselves unable to procure quality school supplies due to financial constraints. This initiative, targeted at those genuinely in need, aims to provide basic school aids such as textbooks, stationery, and school bags, ensuring that no child's education is compromised.

A full guide to who can apply for the subsidies can be found here (in Czech).

The eligibility criteria for this extraordinary immediate support are stringent, specifically intended for families unable to navigate their financial circumstances independently. The Labour Office will conduct an assessment of the applicant's income and household assets to determine eligibility. 

Lunches and other expenses also covered

The support covers a range of justified educational and leisure expenses, including school materials, extracurricular clubs, and outdoor school trips. The state's contribution can cover the entire expense, up to a limit. Notably, the maximum support granted within a calendar year is capped at ten times the living wage – equivalent to CZK 48,600 at present.

The initiative builds on the government's previous efforts, such as the one-off subsidy of CZK 5,000 per child for families with an annual gross income of up to CZK 1 million. While this subsidy played a significant role in alleviating financial stress, it won't be repeated in the next academic year.

Importantly, the commitment to children's well-being extends beyond the classroom. The school lunch project, financed through EU funds from the Employment+ program, will continue to provide free lunches to children from economically challenged backgrounds. In the previous school year, over 9,700 children across 1,200 schools benefited from this program. 

Furthermore, the initiative acknowledges the predicament of children whose parents default on child maintenance payments. A proposed amendment seeks to extend the state's provision of substitute maintenance to four years, a notable increase from the current two-year limit. This move aims to ensure that children's financial well-being remains safeguarded even in challenging familial circumstances.

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