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Latvia comes into 2013 with fewer poor people

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The number of poor people in Latvia has reduced by 50.5 thousand since January 2012. While there were such people formed 8% of the total population in January, by the end of 2012, they formed only 5% of the total population in Latvia.

109 595 people held the status of poor persons in December 2012, which is by 50.5 thousand less than there was in January (160 110), according to information from the Welfare Ministry.

The number of poor people in Latvia has been reducing since March 2012. There were 160.6 thousand poor people in February 2012, in March – 159.4 thousand. This number reduced further in the following months to 109.6 thousand.

4.47million LVL were spent on municipal social benefits in December 2012.

A survey by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia “Household disposable income in 2011” states that the income of poor households increased in 2011. This was done thanks to state and municipal benefits, pensions and other social transfers. This means that social support of the poorest people was targeted, says the ministry. In order to further reduce the number of poor people, the ministry will be working on a social protection system in 2013. This system will be developed in accordance with the needs of the post-crisis period. It will also contribute to the employment policy and support of families with children.

The WM plans to perform a number of measures that will allow work able residents to return to the job market and reduce the necessity to seek support from the municipality. It is planned to introduce several active employment measures, such as the “Work in Latvia” program, support of unemployed individuals with addiction problems, etc.

By successfully carrying out the aforementioned, WM predicts that the number of socially insured individuals will increase in 2013; the average state social insurance obligated salaries will increase; and that the support of workers with children will expand, which will improve the financial situation of residents.

It should be added that a number of measures came into force this year. These measures will improve Latvian residents’ social security in the time when they are unable to receive income from work. This includes a doubled maternity, paternity and parental benefit caps and an increased minimum of parent benefits.

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