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Benefit restrictions in force until late 2014

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The government has agreed on retaining the restriction on sickness, maternity, paternity, parental and unemployment benefits until December 31, 2014, stipulated by the government’s approved amendments to the laws On State Benefit Payment for the period 2009 – 2012, On Maternity and Sickness Insurance and On the Insurance in Event of Unemployment.

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe restrictions provide that if the benefit exceeds 11.51 lats per calendar day, the granted benefit per day will be 11.51 lats and 50% of the amount above 11.51 lats. The restrictions apply to sickness, maternity, paternity, parental and unemployment benefits.

The benefit payment restriction was determined, considering that a notable state social insurance budget deficit is expected in the coming years. The aim of the regulation is to ensure the social insurance system stability, providing individuals with comprehensive state social security services and promoting society’s welfare, according to the law amendment’s annotation.

The restrictions will bring additional funds in the special budget – 25.83 million lats will be saved in 2013, while in 2014 – 26.42 million lats. In view of considerable special budget deficit, these relatively small savings are important, indicates the annotation.

Moreover, the prepared Bill emphasizes such measures have been set by carefully assessing the possible alternatives to the necessary additional resources for the social insurance service provision. Moreover, other alternatives to the social insurance revenue and expenditure balancing – additional social insurance contribution rate increase, the state old age pension cuts – are less favourable to individuals’ rights and interests.

If starting from January 1, 2013, the benefit restrictions were revoked, as it was initially planned, the benefit receivers’ income would increase: for the average maternity benefit receiver – by 21.5%, for the average paternity benefit receiver – by 32.8%, for the average parental benefit receiver – by 21.5%, for the average sickness benefit receiver – by 14.9%, while for the average unemployment benefit receiver – by 4.2%, according to the annotation.

Last year, the number of monthly maternity benefits comprised 1 215 on average, of paternity benefits – 591, of parental benefit – 12 945, of sickness benefits – 15 789 and of unemployment benefits – 60 316.


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