Factsheet for case LT-2020-24/917 – measures in Lithuania
|Country||Lithuania , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 12 June 2020 – 26 February 2022|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Income protection beyond short-time work
– Support for parents and carers (financial or in kind)
|Author||Inga Blaziene (Lithuanian Social Research Centre) and Eurofound|
|Case created||03 July 2020 (updated 15 July 2020)|
On 12 June 2020, the Law on Lump-Sum Payments to Children to Mitigate the Effects of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Infection) Pandemic (No XIII-3030) came into force, providing for lump-sum payments to families with children or foster children and to abandoned children. The Law aims at reducing the negative economic and social effects of the state of emergency and quarantine and boosting the economy.
The Law stipulates that lump-sum payments will be available to all children who receive child benefit in Lithuania (i.e. a universal child benefit payable in respect of all children under 18).
The lump-sum benefit will be €120 or €200, depending on the amount of child benefit the family receives:
Normally, the lump sum will be paid by 31 July 2020, but for children who become entitled to the child benefit after 1 July 2020, the lump sum will be paid together with the child’s first instalment.
The lump-sum payments will be also available for children who will become entitled to the child money by 31 December 2020. In Lithuania, the child benefit is paid by city and regional municipalities.
According to estimates of the Ministry of Social Security and Labour (MSSL), extra benefits will be paid to more than 0.5 million children: the €120 benefit will be paid to more than 374,000 children and the €200 benefit will be paid to approx. 134,000 children. The measure will cost the budget some €72 million.
|Does not apply to workers||Does not apply to businesses||
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 (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 MSSL 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.
SPs welcomed the measure. According to the Lithuanian Trade Union Confederation (LTUC), not only business needs support, but also people who have lost their jobs due to quarantine, people with disabilities, seniors, families with children. However, the chair of the LTUC emphasised that more help is needed for working people as well. Although the Government of the Republic of Lithuania takes into account the requirements of trade unions, it would be appropriate to further strengthen the package of measures for those in employment.
Eurofound (2020), A lump sum payment for children on top of child benefit, case LT-2020-24/917 (measures in Lithuania), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
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