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Changes to the social field that will come into force in Latvia next year

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUWelfare Ministry announces multiple major changes that will come into force in the social policy, social protection, children’s rights and family affairs in 2017.

From 1 January onward:

Minimal monthly wage to be EUR 380

Pensions provided or recalculated in 2011 will be recalculated again in 2017. It is planned to increase pensions to people who started receiving their pensions during the economic crisis by applying negative pension capital indexes. Pension recalculation will be performed automatically.

Unemployment benefit qualification period will be extended next year. Social insurance fees for unemployment will have to be paid no less than twelve months in the last 16 month period before applying for unemployment status. A person who receives unemployment status before 31 March 2017 will be provided with the right for unemployment benefit in accordance with legislation that remains in force this year.

Family state support for the fourth and next children will be EUR 50.07 instead of the current EUR 34.14. For it to be possible for the State Social Insurance Agency to perform the necessary changes to its information systems, a transition period will be implemented.

Social insurance fees for parental benefit recipients and child care benefit recipients for pension insurance, unemployment insurance and disability insurance will be performed from EUR 171.

State social security benefit (currently EUR 64.03 and EUR 106.72 for a person bearing disability since birth) will be provided to individuals who have no rights for a state pension, are unemployed and have reached the necessary pension age.

Parent benefit and child care benefit recipients will be provided with social insurance payments for pension insurance, unemployment insurance and disability insurance from EUR 171 (EUR 142.29 at the moment).

Benefits to guardians for taking care of children under the age of six will be EUR 95 (seven to eighteen years – EUR 114). From 1 January, VSAA will commence recalculation of benefit amount. Difference will be paid out during the transition period (before 1 July 2017).

From 1 April onward:

Survivor’s benefits to be increased for children who lost one or both parents. The size of the benefit for children under the age of 6 will be EUR 92.5 (EUR 106.72 for children with disability since birth). Upon reaching the age of seven, the benefit amount will be EUR 111.

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