Mukacheve officials alerted: Roma use social assistance to children for other purposes

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Approximately 50 percent of women with many children in Mukacheve city receive state social benefits are representatives of the Roma origin.

By raising from three to twelve children, women receive financial assistance worth from UAH 4,000 to 20 in different social payments a month, but the money is often spent not for their children welfare.

Head of Mukacheve employment department for population social protection Nataliya Zotova while marking the International Roma day Roma people told Ukrinform.

"In Mukacheve 641 families obtain social benefits as the families with many children, half of these mothers are registered in the Roma settlement. The benefit amounts may vary. Monthly benefits paid to the residents of the Roma settlement reach UAH 2.8 million from the budget coffers. One Roma child is given from UAH 1,400 to 1,700. Those Roma mothers do not work, live only on social benefits, which often not spent on children's needs. Children go hungry, dirty, do not attend school, there are bad conditions for their education at home," said Zotov.

The local official noted that similar problems exist not only in Mukacheve, but also in district centers of the Transcarpathian region that provide financial benefits for the Roma minority from their local budgets.

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