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Factsheet for measure LT-2020-21/919 – Updated – measures in Lithuania
|Country||Lithuania , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 21 May 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Measures to prevent social hardship
– Protection of vulnerable groups (beyond employment support)
|Author||Rasa Mieziene, Inga Blaziene (Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences)|
|Measure added||03 July 2020 (updated 19 September 2022)|
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.
The main changes introduced by the amendments include the following:
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
up to €175 (previously - up to €125) when paid for up to 6 months;
and €137.5 - when paid for more than 12 months.
Criteria for granting additional allowance upon employment have been simplified:
100% of the social benefit will be paid for the first 3 months,
No information to date.
|Applies to all workers||Does not apply to businesses||
People on social benefits
People on low incomes
Social partners jointly
Local / regional government
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Direct consultation outside a formal body||Direct consultation outside a formal body|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Social partners 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. Social partners were also invited to participate in the group.
Social partners 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.
Eurofound (2020), Increasing social assistance for low-income households, measure LT-2020-21/919 (measures in Lithuania), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/LT-2020-21_919.html
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