In 2012 the rate of maternity benefits will be increased, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov told a session of the Cabinet, ForUm correspondent reports.

In particular, the benefit for the first child will be increased by three thousand hryvnias, for the second - by five thousand hryvnias and for the third - by 11 thousand hryvnias.

The pm also added that the financing of foster homes will be increased by 20% the next year.

In addition, Education Ministry was charged to work out a state program on family support before 2015. Azarov has criticized Education Minister Tabachnyk for not having developed the program by now.

"The previous program finished back in 2010, and the Ministry should have waited for orders from the Premier, but to initiate a new program immediately," Azarov said.

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