2019/10/14  
Chishang Township offering Taiwan’s biggest baby bonus (2019/10/10)
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    Chishang Township offering Taiwan’s biggest baby bonus (2019/10/10)

    The Chishang Township office is paying parents NT$60,000 to have a baby. This year, local administrators boosted their cash bonus from NT$5,000 to NT$60,000 in the hope of sparking a fertility boom. So far, the measure is doing its job, producing even more newborns than expected.

    These pint-sized musicians are hard at play. Behind this lively classroom scene, a birthrate crisis looms large. To boost the local population, Chishang Township bumped up its baby bonus from NT$5,000 to NT$60,000 this year. If factoring in the county subsidy of NT$10,000, families in this Taitung township get NT$70,000 per baby.

    Fan Fang-ching
    Mother in Chishang
    The cost of raising a child is quite high, so the county government has subsidies and the township office has subsidies. With those, the burden is alleviated. When other people hear about the subsidies we get here at Chishang, they say, “Wow, we envy you because we don’t get that much.”

    It’s the biggest baby bonus in Taiwan, and it’s having an effect. In 2018, 40 babies were born in Chishang Township. That’s gone up to 60 this year. The township office had only budgeted for 50 babies this year, and it’s now scrambling to make up the shortfall.

    Chang Jao-cheng
    Chishang Township head
    The demand is a bit overwhelming. But we’re seeing pretty good growth. We hope to use our limited resources to provide the most beneficial social welfare policy.

    Although the number of births is going up, Chishang still loses nearly 300 working-age adults each year. If it’s unable to stem the outflow, Chishang will be down to a population of 4,000 in 80 years.



    中文 Chinese  
    鼓勵生育獎勵措施 台東池上補助七萬

    為了鼓勵生育,全台各縣市政府都祭出獎勵措施,其中,補助金額最高的地區,就在台東縣的池上鄉,生一個小孩,家長可以領到7萬元的生育補助金。根據統計,池上鄉過去每年僅有40多名新生兒,今年1月至9月卻已經增加到60名。

    小朋友認真學音樂,看起來熱鬧的場面,背後卻潛藏人口危機,池上鄉公所為了鼓勵生育,今年開始把原本五千元的生育補助,一口氣提高到六萬元,加上縣府的一萬元,等於生個小孩,就可以領七萬塊錢。

    [[池上鄉新手媽媽 范芳靜]]
    “生一個孩子花費的錢還蠻高的,所以縣府有補助跟公所補助,相對負擔就會減輕。他們有時候聽到我們池上鄉福利的時候,他們就會說,哇,好羨慕你們喔,因為我們補助沒有這麼多”

    全國最高的補助,果然讓生育率大幅提高,2018年池上鄉只有40名新生兒,今年截至九月底,已經有60名新生兒。也讓公所原本編列50名的預算不足,只能急忙找錢。

    [[池上鄉長 張堯城]]
    “(公所)有點吃不消啦,但是我們在各方面發展還不錯,那我們希望以有限的資源,做最有利的一個福利政策”

    即便出生數漸有起色,但池上鄉每年仍有近300人因為工作遷出,若無法把人留下來,估計80年後,池上鄉人口數約只剩4千人。
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