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11th December, 2019

Gov’t cutting public works schemes

The budget of the public works programme is to be cut from Ft 225 billion this year to Ft 140 billion next year, according to a document sent by the Interior Ministry to local government leaders, Népszava reports.

The annual budget for public works has fallen from Ft 340 billion in 2016, to Ft 320 billion in 2017 and Ft 225 billion in 2018.

More than 200,000 people worked in the programme in January 2016, but the target for next year is 100,000.

Most of those who drop out of the scheme are not finding jobs on the market, but are becoming the “invisible poor,” according to Népszava.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

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