The regions have solved the problem of a living wage and social payments

the Reason for the preparation of such legislative initiative was the conversion of many mothers about how to reduce the size of social payments for children in the first quarter of 2020. By law, the amount of the benefit equals to subsistence minimum for children for the previous quarter. In the fourth quarter of 2019 the cost of consumer basket decreased as cheaper number of food products, in particular, seasonal vegetables. And this affected the cost of living.

Photo: Alexander Korolkov/WG Mishustin: changing the living wage will reduce the welfare benefits

Deputies of the regional Parliament added to the law a provision for the establishment of a living wage at the level of the previous quarter, in the case of reducing its estimated value. That is, welfare payments will remain at the same level. But if the subsistence minimum will rise and social benefits will also increase.

In the Orenburg region has also solved this problem. Regional legislators have analyzed that over the last five years not only in the fourth, but in the third quarters saw a decline of the subsistence minimum. And also from-for seasonal falling of the prices for some products – in particular, vegetables and fruits from local producers.

Photo: iStock the Contents of the consumer basket will reconsider before the end of the year

Now, in the case of reduction of a living wage, benefits and other measures of state support to the poor will not be affected as they will be calculated under the old scheme. They will change only in case of increase. The law “On the subsistence minimum in Orenburg region” in the new wording shall enter into force immediately after its official publication.

by the Way, in late January, his explanation gave the Ministry of labor of the Russian Federation after the announced reduction of the subsistence minimum for the fourth quarter of 2019. It was stated that this does not affect the volume of measures of social support because it would apply “the subsistence minimum of able-bodied population in the Russian Federation for the II quarter of the previous year, as the most close to the average subsistence minimum”. So no problems in other regions.