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Tsipras: Government to distribute 1.4 bln euros in one-off handouts this December


The government will distribute one-off welfare benefits totaling 1.4 billion euros, more than double that paid out last year (600 million euros), which was made possible by the economys outperformance, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said in a televised address on Monday night.

The social groups eligible for the benefit are the unemployed, the young and low income pensioners and will depend on income, assets and family situation.

Out of the total amount, the 720 million euros will be distributed as an untaxed aid and the relevant bill will be tabled in parliament in coming days. The benefit will be paid out to beneficiaries in December, the prime minister said.

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