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Mothers with four children will be exempt from income tax and £7,000 towards a bigger car in Hungary

Mothers with four children will be exempt from income tax and will receive £7,000 towards the cost of a new car in an attempt by Hungary to boost its birth rate. 

The country’s prime minister Viktor Orban announced the measures during his annual state of the nation address yesterday.

Mr Orban, who was elected for a third consecutive term in April, said the initiative is meant to ‘ensure the survival of the Hungarian nation’, adding: ‘This is the Hungarians’ answer, not immigration.’ 

The benefits include a lifetime personal income tax exemption for women who give birth and raise at least four children.

A subsidy of 2.5 million forints (£6,821) will also be available towards the purchase of a seven-seat vehicle for families with three or more children.

The country will also offer a low-interest loan of 10 million forints (£27,286) for women under the age of 40 who are marrying for the first time. 

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