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Latvia will not be able to avoid considering pension bonuses cuts, the Saeima member Ilze Viņķele told in TV broadcast Kas notiek Latvijā? (What is going on in Latvia?)

Regarding family benefits cuts of 11.2 million lats, the participants of the discussion mentioned the option to reduce pension bonuses, keeping them only for very small pensions and for a long length of service during the Soviet years.

According to one suggestion, it is necessary to agree with pensioners that they are ready to donate two to three lats from their pensions in order family benefits were paid to all parents for each children.

Asked whether the politicians are ready to bring up the discussion on pension premiums again, Vinkele told it will simply not be possible to avoid it, specifying that it is necessary to decide from which budget sectors to draw the lacking funds.

Latvian Pensioners’ Federation (LPF) Board session will no more review the previous Parliament members proposal of pension bonuses cuts by half for pensions exceeding 600 lats and saving the budget 362 000 lats to direct to family benefits, told the LPF Chairman Aina Verze.

She explains the proposal was not approved on December 13, moreover the saved sum is too small, in comparison with the necessary 11.2 million lats.

This is a decision of the Board and we are sticking to it, she said, adding that it is not right to solve family benefits issue at the expense of elderly people.

After Verze’s meeting with Social and Employment Matters Committee Board Chairman Aija Barča and the Ministry of Welfare Parliamentary Secretary Andrejs Staķis it was decided to discuss family benefits system once more on February 8 in an extended Social and Employment Matters Committee session. All LPF Board members, non-governmental organizations, the Ministry of Welfare and the Ministry of Finance representatives will take part in the discussion, said Verze.

In the previous session the Saeima members inclined towards keeping the current family benefits system, especially, now when these eight lats for each child is a considerable sum for many.

The Ministry of Welfare has come up with five solutions for the benefits system. One of them provides 4.60 lats benefit for families with children aged 1-18, starting from the second child. The second option is granting 8 lats benefits for families with two or more children, which would require additional 4.4 million lats. The third option provides 10 lats family benefits for large families with three or more children. Another proposal includes paying 17.60 lats benefits for needy families with children aged 1-18. The fifth option means 6.40 lats benefits for needy families with three or more children aged 1-18.

After partners suggestions, another, the sixth proposal  has been included providing keeping the current universal benefits system, requiring 11.2 million lats.


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