Rules for welfare benefits to be tightened

Labour and Social Affairs Minister Jaromír Drabek on Monday revealed some of the measures aimed at alleviating ethnic tension in the north of the country. At a press conference in the town of Rumburk he said that that in future welfare benefits would only be paid out to people who have permanent residence in the given region and that after a certain period of time people on welfare would have to enrol for community service. A hundred more community jobs are being established in the north. Parents who do not send their children to school would not be eligible for state support.