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Factsheet for measure LV-2021-11/1892 – measures in Latvia
|Country||Latvia , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 13 March 2021 – 30 April 2021|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Measures to prevent social hardship
– Protection of vulnerable groups (beyond employment support)
|Author||Kriss Karnitis (EPC) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||26 April 2021 (updated 11 May 2021)|
The Ministry of Welfare pointed out that although the situation of seniors and people with disabilities with regard to the payment of pensions, benefits or allowances has not changed, it should be noted that since the beginning of the pandemic there have been limited health services, planned operations, additional expenses for medicines and personal protective equipment. Overall, seniors and people with disabilities are considered as vulnerable group.
On 12 March 2021 the Government approved amendments to Law on the suppression of consequences of the spread of COVID-19 infection providing support for seniors and people with disabilities.
The one-time benefit in the amount of €200 will be paid to persons declared in Latvia, who from 1 March 2021 until the end of the emergency situation was receiving:
The benefit will be paid by the State Social Insurance agency without special application. Funding for benefits is set at €112.5 million.
According to the information provided by the SSIA, the annotation of the amendments to the law contains the following data: in January this year there were 511.9 thousand pension recipients living in Latvia (of which old-age pension recipients: 431,300, disability pension recipients: 73,000), 9,800 compensation recipients, 21,800 recipients of state social security benefit, 2,600 recipients of child special care benefit and 16,200 adults with disabilities who receive special care benefit.
|Does not apply to workers||Does not apply to businesses||
Public support service providers
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Normally peak level social partners by institutional setting are informed on all changes in legislation. Specific involvement for this measure is not reported.
No specific views to report.
Eurofound (2021), One time benefit for pensioners and people with disabilities, measure LV-2021-11/1892 (measures in Latvia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/LV-2021-11_1892.html
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