From 2023, a new measure to support parents with incomes below the subsistence level will be in effect in the Amur Region. Families in the region will start receiving monthly payments for children from 0 to 17 years old.

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Press Service of the Legislative Assembly of the Amur Region notesthat the new universal allowance combines a number of existing measures to support low-income families whose average per capita income does not exceed the subsistence minimum in the region. At the moment, the following payments are in effect in the Amur Region: for pregnant women registered early, for the first, second, third child, benefits for the unemployed due to leave to care for a child under 1.5 years old, for children from three to seven years old and for children between the ages of eight and 17.

Deputy Chairman of the Legislative Assembly Valentina Kalita specified that this innovation will reduce the bureaucratic component. If earlier low-income families had to collect a package of documents to receive each type of benefits, now it is enough to submit one application, on the basis of which the authorized bodies will take into account all the due payments. The allowance is assigned to each child specified when submitting documents.

The amount of the universal payment will vary depending on the financial situation of the family. The basic allowance will be 50% of the regional subsistence minimum. If the availability of the basic payment is not enough to provide a living wage, then the amount of the allowance will be increased to 75%. One hundred percent of the subsistence minimum will be received by families whose income, taking into account 75%, does not reach the regional border.

The authority to assign and pay monthly allowances was transferred to the Pension and Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation. The amount of funding for the payment of benefits from the regional budget in 2023 will be 1.5 billion rubles, the funds are already provided for in the budget.

Formerly online edition “Teacher’s newspaper” reportedthat the Government of Russia will allocate 3.3 billion rubles to pay benefits for children from 3 to 7 years old to low-income families. Additional payments will be made before the end of this year.