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Monday, January 22, 2018

Armenian cabinet meets to make changes to welfare assistance laws

Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan chaired a cabinet meeting on Thursday where ministers amended earlier decisions on welfare assistance.

The government redistributed the 2014 budget to allocate a total of approximately $319 million for payment of lump-sum childbirth benefits for children born before Jan. 1.

In a bid to streamline benefits, the government revoked 14 previous decisions regarding the 2005 law on state benefits, which was deemed null and void following the adoption of the new law in December.

Thursday's meeting also amended an August decision that established a welfare package for families in need of housing. The cabinet decided to streamline the procedure applicable to the package and to ensure regular operations of the Welfare Housing Service Center.

In addition, the government decided to allocate space to the Armenia British Business School in the educational building located at Nalbandian in Yerevan. The school is set to become an international institution to provide lessons in English to both Armenian students and foreign citizens.