Friday, 10 January 2020, 16:46:30
As of Jan. 1, 367 thousand families have been assigned benefits. This was told in an interview with PrimeMinister.kz by the Deputy Director of the Department for the Development of Social Assistance Policy of the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Population Ayazhan Zhangabylova.
According to the speaker, the identification of needy families took place in an automated mode, which eliminated the need for documents.
“Today, more than 250 thousand families have received money. On the first working day, 150 thousand families received their payments. In general, in January we have provided almost 17 billion tenge only for the payment of benefits to large families, which are paid without taking into account income, without conventions. This benefit will not now be recognized in their income. We will take them into account in the next quarter,” Zhangabylova said.
As the deputy director noted, since the new year, any family has the right to receive targeted social assistance if they have an average per capita income below 70% of the subsistence level.
“Today in our country the cost of living is set over 30 thousand tenge, and it is different in different regions. It all depends on food prices, which make up 55% of the total cost of living, this is calculated by statistical agencies. We use from a living wage of 70%. This is the criterion for providing targeted social assistance. We have changed the mechanisms in terms of conditions. This is a quarterly appeal. In addition, the amount of targeted social assistane is calculated as the difference between the average per capita income and 70% of the subsistence level,” the speaker informed.
The conditions regarding the employment of persons who previously provided care for a child under 7 years old were also changed. This threshold has been reduced to 3 years.
“This is brought into line with the Labor Code, which provides for the care of a child up to the age of three. In addition, we strengthened the work of the district commissions, extended the time for conducting surveys from 3 to 7 days, and special criteria were developed that give the district commissions the right to determine the need of the family for the targeted social assistance. Last year, there were over 73 thousand facts when people provided false information that entailed the unlawful appointments of the assistances,” said Zhangabylova.