.- A new policy in Spain has put the country in last place among members of the European Union in the amount of aid given to families.
The policy eliminated a $3,200 subsidy per child for families in the country. It went into effect Jan. 1.
Luxembourg, Denmark and Austria provide the most assistance to families, reported the Institute for Family Policy.
The institute uses 10 indicators to analyze aid programs for families in the European Union, including the percentage of the GDP earmarked for such aid, subsidies per child, the length of maternity leave and the flexibility allowed in work schedules.
The instituteâs president, Eduardo Hertfelder, denounced the new policy in a Dec. 30 statement and said it exposes the Socialist governmentâs âprofound insensitivity and contemptâ for families.
Hertfelder stated that a change of direction is needed as âaid for families is the most basic kind (of aid) a society needs.â
âIt is the family that supports the social framework and prevents a social crisis of incalculable consequences. Without the family and the social functions it carries out, the huge levels of unemployment would have dramatically crushed our social structures,â he added.
The pro-life leader warned that if the current policies are not corrected, 2011 will be âan even darker yearâ for the family.
Decisions such as the elimination of the child subsidy prove that the basic cell of society has been âabandoned,â Hertfelder stated.
It is obvious that the government âhas no political will to help families. In fact, we can say that the family in Spain is being punished by the government,â he concluded.