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Government rejects single father allowance bill

As was widely expected, the government has sent back to parliament, a bill granting an allowance to single fathers and those who have entered into a civil partnership, that has been deemed unconstitutional.

A statement from deputy spokesperson Klelia Vasiliou said the bill conflicted with two articles of the constitution that prohibit parliament from introducing legislation that raises budgetary expenditure and state that only the executive can submit general policy proposals.

Despite the warnings, Akel had submitted the proposal extending paternity allowance eligibility criteria to include fathers who live with the mother of their child but were not married and those who had not entered a civil partnership.

It was passed in May with 25 votes in favour, 15 against, and nine abstentions.

The labour ministry had argued during discussion of the proposals at committee level, that the law granting paternity allowance, passed last year, was based on precise calculations of the cost of this benefit to couples who married in a church, or had a civil marriage, or who had entered into a civil partnership.

To also entitle people who are unmarried, or not in a civil partnership would inflate the cost to the social insurance fund, the ministry had said.

 

 

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