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Latvia introduces year-long benefits for spouses of deceased pensioners

On April 26 the Latvian parliament adopted amendments to pension law, introducing a benefit for the spouse of a deceased pensioner.

The money, amounting to 50% of the deceased person's retirement benefit, will be paid to the surviving spouse each month. 

The same amendments also introduce additional payments for those pensioners who retired in 1996, by €1.5 per year of employment.

According to estimates by the State Social Security Agency, the benefit for surviving spouses of pensioners will cost the state €8 million a year, while additional payments to people who retired in 1996 will cost €1.03 million this year.

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