So if we calculate all together (for 3 months), the amount looks the following:
- Birth premium: €1,122
- 9 weeks of maternity leave: 9 x €514.64 = €4631.76
- Housekeeping cheques: €945 (delivered as a service)
- 3 months child allowance: €166.46 x 3 = €499.38
- Total: €7198.14
Waived quarterly social taxes: - €1500 (in my case)
It may look like a lot for some, but keep in mind that the cost of living in Belgium is very high. To give you an indication: in Belgium, people earning below €1,284 per month are at the risk of being below the poverty line. So €1,284 is the minimum you would expect to cover your basic needs.
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