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Benefits for big and incomplete families will increase in 2017

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUStarting from 2017, benefits for families with many children and incomplete families will start receiving bigger state benefits to help reduce the risk of poverty and offer them fairer social benefits.

This is provided by amendments approved for the Law on Social Services and Social Assistance, the State Pension Law and Law on Maternity and Sickness Insurance. More changes to regulations are planned to be approved by the Saeima in relation to state budget legal drafts, as reported by Welfare Ministry.

Starting from 1 January 2017 the family benefits amount for the fourth and other children will be 4.4 times larger than the benefit paid for the first child (EUR 50.07 per month instead of the current EUR 34.14). To allow the State Social Insurance Agency to perform the necessary changes to the information system, it is planned to establish a transition period. This means VSAA has to recalculate the benefit size and pay out the difference from 1 January 2017 to 1 May 2017.

Starting from 1 April 2017, the state benefit for children who lost one parent will be increased. The minimal benefit amount for children under the age of seven will be EUR 92.5 (EUR 106.72 for children with disabilities). Once the child reaches the age of seven, the benefit amount will reach EUR 111.

VSAA will review the size of the benefit and will pay the amount for the 1 Aril period no later than 30 September 2017 (the transition period is necessary to add the changes to VSAA’s information system). The current state benefit for children who lost one of their parents is not allowed to be smaller than 65% of the state social security benefit – EUR 41.62 (EUR 69.37 for children with disabilities).

To afford the increase of state benefits for families, it is necessary to allocate EUR 3.5 million from the state budget.

Ref: 102.109.109.5991


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