With the Roma ethnic minority at the centre of its proposal, the new government looks set to adopt measures to deprive certain people of their allowances if they are not playing by the state’s rules, namely if they refuse to look for work or commit some crime.
According to an article in daily SME today, the Smer-SD party of Robert Fico, which is about to form a stand-alone majority government, will extend the issue to children, meaning cash benefits will be cut if their children commit a crime as well. The party does not deny that the move is targeted chiefly at Roma, but says it is aware that Roma issues also need to be resolved on a European level and so will seek the opinion of Brussels before any final decisions are taken.
The rules will be applied to all recipients of benefits, who will be given food and basis essentials instead if breaking the planned rules. In its Government Manifesto, the Smer-SD party also touches on the idea of setting up a kind of voluntary boarding school system: “The Government will reassess the possibility of introducing boarding schools on a voluntary basis for children from marginalised environments” [a full translation of the Government Manifesto to English is available from TheDaily].