Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s economic and social policies have failed, opposition LMP co-leader said at a joint press conference held online with two other politicians presenting the opposition’s social agenda.
Máté Kanász-Nagy, posing as spokesperson for social affairs in the shadow government of prime minister candidate Péter Márki-Zay, said inflation was skyrocketing, social inequalities were rampant and the poverty was increasing.
If the opposition forms the next government, family allowances will be increased, a subsidized rental housing program will be launched and those caring for relatives with disabilities will no longer be neglected, he said.
András Jámbor, Párbeszéd and the opposition alliance candidate for next year’s elections, said Hungary had suffered from a housing crisis for more than a decade.
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The opposition politician also called for expanding the group of people eligible for government grants to purchase a family home.
He said the government had canceled the only large-scale accommodation project, dubbed Student City, and instead planned “to bring in a private Chinese university that will push the country into debt.” Citing polls, he said house prices in Budapest had risen 10 percent in a year.
Some 62 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 34 live with their parents, Jámbor said. Despite having full-time jobs, some 70 percent of Hungarians aged 25 to 34 living with their parents cannot afford to have their own home, he added.
Once a new government comes to power, he said, a new housing allowance program will be launched, expanded options will be offered to employers to support housing, and an early savings program will be launched to support housing. the purchase of housing.
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The forced evacuation of tenants who cannot repay their foreign currency-denominated mortgages will be suspended indefinitely and a fund set up to compensate those who have lost their homes, he said. Family insolvency service will be expanded and support for home maintenance and debt management reintroduced, he added.
Lajos Korózs of the Socialists said local governments would again be tasked with providing crisis aid. He promised that once in government, the wages of social workers would be increased by 50% and the range of home services expanded.
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