Hareidi Childcare Gets Cut
By Micah Halpern
Tuesday July 6, 2021
Tensions are rising along one of the Israelís perennial fault lines.
Subsidies to Hareidi families have been cut. Specifically, subsidies for childcare.
The Lieberman plan now requires fathers to work or study in a non-religious educational accredited institution for at least 24 hours a week. None of the traditional Hareidi yeshivot are accredited.
The childcare credit amounts to between NIS 900 and NIS 1,300 per child. In total, around 130,000 families benefit from the subsidies every year. The Labor and Welfare Ministry spends some NIS 1.2 billion on these benefits, approximately a third of which traditionally went to Hareidi families.
Of the Hareidi population, 53% of working age men are employed as compared to 85% of working age men from the rest of the country.
Changing the eligibility criteria for the childcare subsidy will impact the economy.
We will see what happens now. Itís way too early to tell.
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