Children’s allowance payment requirements “Household income total method” 100,000 yen Benefits, voices from the ruling party: Tokyo Shimbun TOKYO Web

Regarding the benefits equivalent to 100,000 yen for those under the age of 18 included in the government’s economic measures, the requirements for the provision of child allowances that apply mutatis mutandis to income restrictions are set from the current method based on the income of the main earners in the household. Voices from within the LDP have begun to call for a review of the method of adding up income within the household. This is because the system is not suitable for the current situation of double-income households. However, if the total method is used, many double-income households will not be eligible for payment, so there are strong dissenting opinions within the ruling party.

Regarding the requirements for the provision of children’s allowance, Sanae Takaichi, chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party, said at a party meeting that discussed economic measures, “There is a voice that it is better to do it by adding up households. , Showed a policy to start consideration within the party soon.

Both the children’s allowance and the 100,000 yen benefit for those under the age of 18 are “model households” of a family of four, a couple and two children, and the income of the main earner is less than 9.6 million yen (spouse’s income is 103). It is a requirement for payment to be 10,000 yen or less).

◆ When the system was established, there were many full-time housewives.

The children’s allowance system was founded in 1972, about half a century ago. A Cabinet Office official explained that the reason why the income of households, which is a requirement for payment, was either of the couples, “there is a difference in the situation that there were more households with full-time housewives at that time.”

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However, at present, the way households should be has changed significantly from when the system was established. According to the Japan Institute for Labor Policy and Training, the number of full-time housewives was 11.14 million and the number of double-income households was 6.14 million. The household has reversed.

Some child-rearing-related systems still use a total household system for payment requirements. Childcare fees that were originally supposed to be paid to double-income households and the “study support system” that was introduced in April last year to reduce and exempt tuition fees for poor households and provide scholarships are applicable. When it was decided to partially abolish the child allowance for high-income households this year, a plan to use a combined household system was considered.

On the other hand, if the total method is adopted, there is a concern that many double-income households will not be able to receive child allowances depending on the maximum amount of income. The Komeito said, “The biggest reason why we have to work together is that it costs a lot for children’s education,” said Kazuo Kitagawa, deputy representative. (Kazuki Murakami)



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