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T. Duissenova: Increase of pensions will affect more than 45 thousand residents of Mangystau region

Minister

About it today at the seminar-meeting on issues of realization of the program of development of productive employment and mass entrepreneurship, the forthcoming increase in pensions and benefits and the introduction of targeted social assistance in the new format, held in the akimat of Mangystau region, said Minister of labor and social protection of population of Kazakhstan Tamara Duissenova.

The event was attended by akim of the region Yeraly Tugzhanov, akims of cities, districts, rural districts, representatives of the party "Nur Otan" and the Regional chamber of entrepreneurs "Atameken", public bodies, heads of employment centers and services, etc.

Speaking at the meeting, the Minister spoke in detail about the upcoming increase in pensions and benefits.

So, according to the head of the MLSP RK, the size of solidary pensions will be increased by 11%, subject to a 9% increase at the beginning of the year. The basic pension will be increased by 13%, inclusive of a 7% increase at the beginning of the year. Thus, from 1 July 2017 will ensure the increase of pensions up to 20% compared to the level of 2016.

"This increase applies to all pensioners, or more than 2 million people, of which over 45 thousand are residing in Mangystau region. If the minimum pension (including basic pension) from 1 January 2017 is KZT 40 950, from 1 July 2017 it would rise to KZT 45 711. The average pension (including basic pension) will increase from 60 167 KZT (from January 1, 2017) to KZT 66 676 from 1 July 2017," - said Tamara Duissenova.

The level of lump sum state benefits in connection with childbirth from 1 January 2017 increased by 7%, and from 1 July 2017 will be increased by 20%. As a result, in 2017, compared to 2016 growth will reach 27%.

"If in 2016, the state allowance for the birth of the first, second and third child was KZT 66 621, from January 1, 2017, his size was KZT 71 270, and from July 1 will rise to KZT 86 222. The state allowance for the birth of the fourth or more children in the current year amounted to KZT 111 035, and from 1 January 2017, it will rise to KZT 118 783 from 1 July 2017 - the size will be equal to KZT 142 947," - said Tamara Duissenova.

In addition, the head of the MLSP RK briefed the participants on how to be appointed by the targeted social assistance from 1 January 2018.

"Next year in Kazakhstan will be introduced a new procedure for the provision of targeted social assistance (hereinafter - TSA) to families with incomes below 50% of the subsistence minimum (currently 40%) on each member of the family, with the condition of mandatory participation of able-bodied family members in active measures to promote employment. TSA will be granted in replacement of existing: special state allowances (further - SSA) families with many children; state child allowances till 18 years for low-income families; targeted social assistance to low-income households," said the Minister.

The new TSA will be classified into 2 types: unconditional and conditional cash assistance.

Unconditional cash assistance will be provided to those families in which no able-bodied members (e.g., families of disabled or elderly pensioners), or families of able-bodied members of which for objective reasons are unable to participate in measures promoting employment (for example, a single mother with children of preschool age). For these families, mandatory participation in employment measures for benefits are not required.

Conditional cash assistance will be given to families, having in its composition at least one able-bodied member, subject to the conclusion of the social contract and mandatory participation of all able-bodied family members in employment promotion measures.

In 2014, new approaches to social assistance have been approved in Akmola, East Kazakhstan and Zhambyl regions where it was implemented the pilot project "Orleu", providing conditional cash assistance to persons who have signed the social contract. From 1 July 2015 similar regional pilot projects additionally launched in 38 districts and cities at the expense of local budgets. So, in 2015, the project "Orleu" participated 20,2 thousand persons.

In 2016, the project "Orleu" was attended by 38.8 thousand people. The project implementation contributed to the increase of per capita income of its participants by more than 2 times; the involvement of the order of 90.5% of the working participants in measures to promote employment; to reduce the recipients of targeted social assistance in pilot regions by 24.7%.

For further implementation of the project in 2017, the national budget provided 7.1 billion. This year the pilot project "Orleu" is planned to involve about 150 thousand low-income citizens from all districts and cities of the country.

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