The Russian Ministry of labor has spoken out against the introduction of a poverty benefit in Russia, writes “Rossiyskaya Gazeta”. Material resources are better spent on increasing salaries, rather than “to produce again some new benefits,” said Minister of labour and social protection Maxim Topilin.

According to the Minister, the initiative on aid for the poor appeared before, but rejected at the stage of the budget cycle. “I have not yet seen the Finance Ministry’s proposal for the poverty benefits, but the Ministry of Finance in the budget cycle when considering tax reform, already suggested this benefit but it was rejected because such a measure was considered unwise,” – said the Minister.

Previously, the theme of possible introduction of a poverty benefit has sounded in interview to “Rossiyskaya Gazeta”, the Deputy Finance Minister Tatyana Nesterenko.

For the introduction of a poverty benefit, according to her, it is necessary to legislatively define the concept of “neediness” to introduce common criteria needs. Also, according to representatives of the Ministry of Finance, the desired order of evaluation of income and assets of family or living alone citizens, persons related to members of the family. It is important to improve the level of openness of such measures of state support.

Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets, who oversees social bloc in the government, said that the question on introduction in Russia poverty is not considered. The Ministry of economic development the publication also reported that they have not yet received the Finance Ministry’s proposals on this subject.
In Russia officially recognized the poor families whose income is less than subsistence minimum.

According to Rosstat, in the first half of 2016, Russia’s population with incomes below the subsistence minimum decreased by 300 thousand people compared to the first half of 2015 and amounted to 21.4 million people. The poverty level in Russia in the first half of 2016 amounted to 14.6% against 15.1% in the first half of 2015 and 13.1% in the first half of 2014.
The subsistence minimum in the Russian Federation, according to Rosstat, in the second quarter of 2016 was 9 956 thousand rubles per person per month.

The highest level of poverty since the beginning of the century in Russia was in 2000 – 29% of the population. Low level of 10.7% was recorded in 2012.

The Director of the Agency of social information Elena Topoleva in conversation with the publication noted that before discussing the possibility of introducing new types of benefits, it is necessary once again to clearly analyze the system of payments in the country.

In addition, the expert believes that it is necessary to understand why a growing number of poor families, especially with children. “We need to analyse wages by industry. If, for example, it turns out that most poor families with children in specific industries, perhaps you should think about the increase of wages in specific areas,” said Elena Topoleva.

Labor Minister against the introduction of a poverty benefit 07.11.2016

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