Welfare Minister: Raising minimum income level is priority

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An important priority in the field of welfare is to raise the minimum level of income, Welfare Minister Evika Siliņa (New Unity) said in an interview with Latvian Radio on December 27.

This means support for low-income residents – raising both minimum pensions and state social security benefits. Siliņa said that if the setting of the guaranteed minimum income threshold would change, the income threshold of poor and disadvantaged households would also change. According to the Minister, it is planned to review it regularly and raise it to a certain percentage of the median household income.

The politician said that the Constitutional Court also stated that minimum income thresholds should be reviewed.

Siliņa noted that the cost of services paid by the Ministry of Welfare, such as assistant services, should also be increased by raising the minimum wage in the country. The government will still discuss the implementation of budget resources for its purpose. She didn't name a specific amount but noted it needed no less than €20 million.

Siliņa emphasized that increasing the minimum income thresholds would be the absolute minimum to be done in the field of welfare.


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