Unrestricted to Income, Family Budget Support During Novel Coronavirus
On April 13th, Fukui Prefecture’s Katsuyama City announced that it will provide ¥60,000 for each child, at a junior high school age and lower, to parents and guardians within the city, in an effort to provide economic relief during the continuous spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Concerning the required ¥150 million against the current fiscal year’s budget, it was stated that the funds will be processed by the municipal government body within the week. With various extraordinary measures emerging across the country, Katsuyama City Mayor Masahiro Yamagishi expressed, “For the sake of the city residents, we wish to execute this plan without delay.”
During the April 13th press conference, City Mayor Yamagishi laid out an overview of the initiative. The plan is to provide for the roughly 2,500 children within the city, from age 0 up to and including junior high school children. Payment of the funds is to take place from next week until the first part of May. There will be no restrictions in regards to the income of the parents and guardians. The city will use up its financial adjustment funds, where savings are accumulated for the city, to apply towards the budget.
“Especially during this time, our effort is being put into a measure to help nurture the future generations. When thinking of what kind of support to provide, supporting child care is what we want to deal with first,” emphasized City Mayor Yamagishi.
“We had calculated ¥5,000 for one month; that is roughly the cost of school lunched, and so we used that as a base,” said the city mayor, explaining the foundation of the ¥60,000 allowance.
Other policies that were displayed within the supplementary budget, with the ¥1 million to be processed by the municipal government body, include purchasing masks and sanitizers. Approximately 70,000 masks will be secured, and distributed among elementary, junior high school, and senior high school children, as well as social service and medical personnel.