Child benefit proposals cause alarm in Poland
THE Polish finance minister has expressed concern to Michael Noonan about Government plans to cut child benefit payments to Polish parents living here, but whose children are living in their home country.
Jan Vincent-Rostowski said the Polish government is concerned about the proposals from Social Protection Minister Joan Burton to cut the money paid for non-resident children.
The parents' home country usually pays the standard rate of child benefit, which in Poland is €11 per month. The Irish exchequer must then top this up to the full Irish rate -- €140 per month for a first and second child.
The Government wants this changed to reflect the cost of living in the state where a child is resident.