INTERVENTION: The government’s proposal to increase cash incentives to encourage people to have children runs counter to its response to COVID-19, Chyn Yu-rung said
Date: Jul 16, 2020
By: Sherry Hsiao / Staff reporter
The Childcare Policy Alliance yesterday urged the government not to increase the monthly cash incentives to encourage couples to have children and to instead use the money to fund the public childcare system.
In the first six months of the year, the nation recorded 79,760 births, the alliance told a news conference in Taipei, citing statistics from the Ministry of the Interior.
The number of newborns in the nation for the whole of this year could fall below 160,000, it added.
One of President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) main policy proposals during her re-election campaign was to increase the cash incentive from NT$2,500 per month to NT$5,000 per month, the alliance said. [FULL STIORY]