One-off aid to be granted for pensioners and disabled people in Latvia

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The coalition agreed conceptually on a one-off benefit for pensioners and people with disabilities, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš said at a press conference after the meeting on March 1.

Kariņš said the coalition agreed to continue its already launched program of one-off benefits by extending the circle of beneficiaries. Previously, benefits of €500 per each child were granted to families.

Minister of Welfare Ramona Petraviča said that the allowance of €200 will be received by people declared in Latvia who receive:

  • old-age pension;
  • compensation for the loss of a guardian;
  • compensation for loss of working capacity;
  • State social security allowance;
  • special care allowance for children and adults.

The planned funding for benefits amounts to €112,5 million. The payout is scheduled to start in April. It is scheduled to be reviewed by the government on Thursday.

If a person receives several benefits at the same time, such as an old-age pension and compensation for loss of capacity, one payment will be granted to the person.

The Welfare Minister also said that the coalition agreed to extend the unemployment assistance benefit to six months. It was previously paid out four months after the regular  unemployment benefit had expired.

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