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Factsheet for case LT-2020-21/919 – measures in Lithuania

Increasing social assistance for low-income households

Socialinės paramos nepasiturintiems didinimas

Country Lithuania , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 21 May 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Protection of vulnerable groups (beyond employment support)
Author Inga Blaziene (Lithuanian Social Research Centre) and Eurofound
Case created 03 July 2020 (updated 21 July 2020)

Background information

On 21 May 2020, Law No XIII-2883 on Amendments to Articles 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 15, 17, 21 and 23 of the Law of the Republic of Lithuania on Cash Social Assistance for Low-Income Families (Single Residents) (Law No IX-1675) came into effect in Lithuania, favouring the low-income population in accessing cash social assistance. The amendments are aimed at protecting the most vulnerable groups that are likely to have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Content of measure

The main changes introduced by the amendments include the following:

  1. The property owned by individuals will temporarily not be evaluated for the purpose of granting of cash social benefits or compensations for heating, hot and cold water to deprived persons (it is a temporary measure - it will be valid from the entry into force of the Law until six months after the quarantine is over, i.e. till 16 December 2020).
  2. The amount of state-supported income (SSI), on which the right to social benefits directly depends, has been increased. In accordance with the former procedure, a person was entitled to a social benefit when income per family member did not exceed the amount of the SSI or €125. From 1 June 2020, persons with an average income per family member of less than 1.1 SSI per month (i.e. €137.50) will be entitled to the social benefit.
  3. The amount of the social benefit per resident has been increased by €50 and its amount has been differentiated depending on the length of receiving assistance. The benefit will be paid in the amount of

  4. up to €175 (previously - up to €125) when paid for up to 6 months;

  5. €150 - when paid for 6 to 12 months;
  6. and €137.5 - when paid for more than 12 months.

  7. Criteria for granting additional allowance upon employment have been simplified:

  8. 100% of the social benefit will be paid for the first 3 months,

  9. 80% for 4-6 months, and
  10. 50% for 7-12 months.

Use of measure

No information to date.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Applies to all workers Does not apply to businesses Applies to all citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Social partners jointly
Local / regional government
Local funds
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Consulted Consulted
Form Direct consultation outside a formal body Direct consultation outside a formal body

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level

Involvement

Social partners (SPs) consulted only ad hoc, the tripartite meeting was not held. On 24 April 2020, the Advisory Group for Post-Quarantine Social Issues under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour started its work in Lithuania, discussing measures to reduce social effects during the post-quarantine period in Lithuania. SPs were also invited to participate in the group.

Views and reactions

SPs positively assessed measures planned in Lithuania for the post-quarantine period (including the increase of social assistance for low-income families) and appreciated that their proposals had been taken into account.

Sources

  • 24 April 2020: The 1.3 billion euro social support scheme launched (Pateikta 1.3 mlrd. eurų socialinės paramos programa) (www.lps.lt)
  • 07 May 2020: Law No XIII-2883 on Amendments to Articles 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 15, 17, 21 and 23 of the Law of the Republic of Lithuania on Cash Social Assistance for Low-Income Families (Single Residents) (LR piniginės socialinės paramos nepasiturintiems gyventojams įstatymo Nr. IX-1675 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 15, 17, 21 ir 23 straipsnių pakeitimo įstatymas) (www.e-tar.lt)

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Increasing social assistance for low-income households, case LT-2020-21/919 (measures in Lithuania), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.