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Economy minister: society pressure to change GFU's position on social budget

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Economy Minister of Latvia Artis Kampars

Discussions on social budget are inevitable and now it is only the society pressure that can change the coalition partner Greens and Farmers Union’s (Zaļo un zemnieku savienība, GFU) reluctance against any amendments in this sector, the Economy Minister Artis Kampars told in an interview to the business portal Nozare.lv.

At the beginning there are very reasonable arguments of experts presented. Of course, sharp reaction follows, promising to organize campaigns. However, eventually, the Welfare Ministry will have to come up with its proposals, the minister says.

He believes the current direction of consolidation, namely, revenue boost, is not right. We should focus on expenditure cuts more. However, coalition partners are strongly against cutting anything of the social budget. If we want to dismiss an idea, the Finance Ministry is immediately asking what we can offer instead. I offer discussing social budget expenditure cuts, but what I face at once is a categorical position that there is nothing to cut. And a full stop, Kapars explains.

Kampars assures he will be strongly against any tax rises in the budget of 2012.

Economy Minister points out not only pensions are meant. Pensions make up about 1.15 billion lats out of the total social budget – 1.5 billion lats, which means there is also other spending. Sure, some would face challenges without them, but the reality is we cannot raise taxes anymore, because inflation «consumes» revenue and it is a burden to business. We are close to the red line, he says.

Kampars says he is no expert in social budget matters, thus he does not give any directions which funds should be cut, suggesting these are unemployment benefits.

Given the situation, it is not right to pay unemployment benefits for nine months. Six months payment is understandable. There is an increasing number of people in Latvia not seeking for a job, but for benefits, incentives, exemptions – I see that every day. It is sort of fashionable today. They get some 250-300 lats a month and that is enough for them as jobless persons. This already determines their way of thinking. Thus they do not even try to find a job or improve their skills, because they are used to being socially safe in Latvia.

Economy Minister indicates child care benefit bonuses could be reduced as well.

There is a number of various payments. Of course, we need them, however, we should assess whether we can afford to sustain such a number of people not doing anything, just receiving, Kampars says, adding that a working person feels budget consolidation measures through inflation and taxes, while the ones granted social budget benefits have not faced it that much.


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  1. Hermann says:

    This is unacceptable A ministery saying jobless peoples are lazy and prefer to llive on the welfare .Does he know they are one job available for twenty jobseekers . Shame on him.

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