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Suspended benefits amendments fail to collect required number of signatures

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Arnis Cimdars

61 500 – 62 000 people signed for organizing a referendum for the suspended amendments on benefit payments law, thus the necessary number of signatures is not collected, says Arnis Cimdars, Chairman of the Central Election Commission.

Signatures were collected for the amendments On State Benefit Payment for the period 2009 – 2012, On Maternity and Sickness Insurance and On the Insurance in Event of Unemployment in order a referendum could be set up.

To organize such a voting, it is necessary no less than one tenth of those voting in the latest Saeima elections take part – 153 232.

The Comission is yet to collect the final results by June 19.

The amendments provide restrictions on sickness, maternity, paternity, parental and unemployment benefits are in force until December 31, 2014.

As reported, according to the amendments, restrictions provide that if the benefit exceeds 11.51 lats per calendar day, the granted benefit per day will be 11.51 lats and 50% of the amount above 11.51 lats. The restrictions apply to sickness, maternity, paternity, parental and unemployment benefits.

The benefit payment restriction was determined, considering that a notable state social insurance budget deficit is expected in the coming years. The aim of the regulation is to ensure the social insurance system stability, providing individuals with comprehensive state social security services and promoting society’s welfare, according to the law amendment’s annotation.

The restrictions will bring additional funds in the special budget – 25.83 million lats will be saved in 2013, while in 2014 – 26.42 million lats. In view of considerable special budget deficit, these relatively small savings are important, indicates the annotation.

 


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