UNICEF SL recommends establishing UCB
By Faadhila Thassim
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Sri Lanka recommends the establishment of a Universal Child Benefit (UCB) to reduce poverty and vulnerability faced by families and children in Sri Lanka.
A new UNICEF report outlines options for providing all children with a monthly benefit at a relatively low cost.
Among the findings, the report states, while Sri Lanka has progressed with improving the lives of its children over decades, there are still large disparities on how children are faring depending on where they live and their family conditions.
A key recommendation of the report titled ‘Investing in the future: A UCB For Sri Lanka's Children produced with the support of the European Union is the introduction of a UCB of Rs 2,500 per child per month, only for young children (zero to five or zero to 10 years of age) at the outset, and to then grow the scheme over time by not removing any children until they reach their 18th birthday.