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Large family benefits not to be impacted by GMI

President Nicos Anastasiades assured large families on Tuesday that allowances will not be cut because of the introduction of the Guaranteed Minimum Income.
“The president showed a lot of understanding … there was a will to solve problems – at later stage for the most important ones that have a financial cost – but some matters have been put on the agenda for implementation,” Paraskevas Samaras, chairman of the large families organisation said after a meeting with the president.
The board of the organisation of large families met Anastasiades in the presence of Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou.
Samaras said they voiced their concerns regarding the GMI but they were assured by the president that money to finance the scheme will be taken from elsewhere and large family allowances will not be cut.
GMI is a government effort to overhaul social welfare by bundling all welfare benefits into a single scheme, with the simultaneous creation of a universal welfare recipient registry to help weed out duplications and abuse of the system.
Using indicative figures including the average cost of rent in Cyprus, cost of living and entertainment and others, the government has arrived at a base figure of €480, with several items added depending on family, employment and income status.
Various groups that relied on allowances have voiced concerns about the scheme.
Meanwhile, the labour ministry announced on Tuesday that the updated land values (2013) will be posted on the land registry’s website on Friday.
The values are necessary for filling the GMI application forms.
Information will also be available at local authorities in electronic form and hardcopy, the ministry said.

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