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    Family allocations reduced by 250 million

    According to the latest budget adjustment sent to the different departments of the Federal Agency for Family Allocations (FamiFed), the Regions and communes will share a budget of 6.350 billion, instead of the 6.6 billion initially planned. This is due to there being no inflation, the Echo reported on Tuesday. The family allocation budget was transferred to the Regions on the 1st of January 2015. According to this year’s budget, Wallonia will get a budget of 2.132 billion for 867,000 children from 0 to 25 years old, and Flanders will get 3.445 billion for 1,5 million children.

    At the moment, the rules won’t change, and it will still be children from 0 to 25 who will benefit. But from the 1st of January 2016, each Region will be able to make its own rules (age limit, amount, income level taken into account, etc). The Walloon government was not yet decided anything, as they are still thinking.

    Maria Novak (Source: Belga)