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SA: some victims of violence do not receive support provided by law

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOver the course of the past seven years, since it became known that the state would be obligated to provide new social rehabilitation services to victims of violence, Welfare Ministry has failed to carry out all the necessary measures to provide said groups of people with an adequate amount of support. Last year, it was calculated that social rehabilitation services should have been provided to nearly 600 individuals who had suffered because of violence and nearly 500 individuals who had carried out acts of violence, even though the inspection carried out by the State Audit showed that only 17% of the allocated funding had been used for this goal. Support had been provided to only a small number of individuals – the rest of the money had been used for other means.

In accordance with the Social Services and Social Assistance Law, Welfare Ministry should have begun providing two types of services starting form 2015 – social rehabilitation services for victims of violence and social rehabilitation services for minors who had committed acts of violence. Funding for the provision of the aforementioned services was requested and provided for 2015, 2016 and 2017 in the annual amount of EUR 554,541.

The audit, however, showed that only EUR 92,794 was spent on services, which is only 16.7% of the planned funding. Results showed completion of only 22% of the main objectives. Unused funds were diverted to other social services.

According to the State Audit, provision of services was not launched at the right moment and in appropriate volume for several reasons. First of all, requirements of the Cabinet of Ministers on the types of services, their volume and conditions for provision and administration were approved a mere several days prior to the launch of the social rehabilitation services, even though the Cabinet of Ministers knew about the terms for the adoption of new services in 2009. Secondly, measures for informing social services were launched too late and in an insufficient amount. This is why institutions and the targeted groups of people were not sufficiently informed of the presence of such services.

The audit also helped determine black spots in the monitoring procedure: in 2015 alone at least EUR 3,911 were unjustifiably used. This situation appeared because the Cabinet of Ministers did not take into account the matter regarding the possible conditions for paying taxes to service providers. As a result, service provider had unjustifiably increased revenue by retaining administrative expenditures and mandatory state social insurance fees for service providers (self-employed people) at 10%.

Auditors also pointed to Welfare Ministry certain flaws in records of services, as the ministry failed to provide any information to confirm the fact of services being provided in accordance with regulations and being provided at all.

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