The Minister of Family Affairs, Youth and Social Policy, Vesna Bedeković on Wednesday promised higher allowances for parents of children with disabilities as of next year, explaining that the draft legislation benefiting parents and caregivers was in the works.
Following a protest held on Wednesday by about 200 parents and caregivers in Zagreb, Minister Bedeković agreed that monthly allowances of 2,500 was too low, however, she did not specify how much it could be raised.
The minister noted that the monthly allowance figure had not been changed since 2008.
We are making analyses and calculations and we are seeking the best possible solutions for those who care for children with special needs, she said.
The minister said that the necessary legislation on improving the status of parents and caregivers was expected to be adopted at the end of the first quarter of 2020.
Members of the "Sjena" association of families with children with developmental difficulties and persons with disabilities, who organised the protest in front of the ministry on Wednesday, called on Minister Bedeković to improve the status of those tasked with taking care of children with special needs, noting that they should be treated as employees with the right to a wage and sick leave.
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