MORE than 6'000 Balearic families could benefit in 2007 from the one-off and universal grant of 2'500 euros for each child born or adopted.
This was approved recently by the Spanish Government, and the payments will be backdated to midnight on July 2.
The figure of 6'000 Balearic families is an approximate estimate taken from the latest statistics for births in the region. According to the figures from Ib-Salut, in 2005 10'926 babies were born on the islands, of which 7'281 were born in national health centres.
So, taking into account that the approximate increase in births is 10 percent, during 2006 the figure would have been 12'000.
This is a forecast which is confirmed if we look at the figure for births in the first six months of 2007 when 4'000 babies were born in national health centres and 2'000 in private centres.
The 6'000 families who could benefit from the grant for the birth of a child can apply for the grant at the Tax Office or the Social Security office.
Applications will also be accepted on the web pages of both organisations, and payments will commence from December.