Income support for yeshiva students to be reintroduced

The government is planning to restore income support payments for married, full-time yeshiva students as part of the budget that was approved by the government for passage to the Knesset last week.

In addition, a law requiring local authorities to provide funding to private haredi schools that was cancelled by the last government, is likely to be restored, while the budget for stipends for all yeshiva students will be doubled.

For many years, some 10,000 full-time yeshiva students who were married with three children were able to claim income support benefit of NIS 1,040 per month, at a cost to the state of approximately NIS 120 million. The High Court of Justice ruled in 2010 that such payments were discriminatory since they were not available to university students.


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