New Conservative Party proposes one-off aid for seniors in Latvia

New Conservative Party (JKP) has decided to put forward a proposal to pay a one-off benefit of €250 for seniors and people with disabilities, according to JKP's statement February 18.

JKP said in their statement that they are "pleased with the progress made in supporting one of the most vulnerable social groups – families with children, but that the State should take special care of other groups at risk of poverty and increased health risk during the crisis".

"Seniors and persons with disabilities, including children, are those groups that have guaranteed yet very low income. Meanwhile, the health of fellow people will not  wait – it can reach the critical border. Therefore, these groups need financial resources to provide medicine and warm housing (…)," explained the Vice-President of the JKP Board, economist Krišjānis Feldmans.

A member of the JKP board, economist Gatis Eglītis added that "at this difficult time, stinginess and frugality are the absolute wrong direction. The State should contribute to a reasonable extent to all groups of society at risk of poverty".

 

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