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The distortion resulting from the increase in pensions, which resulted in the reduction of the total income of the low-income pensioners, are intended to correct the new support measures taken by the Government on Wednesday. The measures were presented at a press conference by Deputy Minister of Social Welfare Anastasia Anthousi, on Thursday.
“We are restoring any loss of income due to increases in pensions. “Our goal is to never reduce the total income of any low-income pensioner,” he said.
The & nbsp; Low-Income Retirement Assistance Plan provides for the provision of a monthly allowance to retirees and households of retirees with an annual income below the poverty line, and in particular with a total benefit of the previous year (including pensions, ) which does not exceed € 10,324 for a single household or € 15,486 for couples, per year.
However, the Undersecretary noted, in January 2022 the amount of the Low Retirement Benefit was reduced, mainly due to the concession in 2021 of a 4.58% increase in basic pensions. Precisely because the Plan received the incomes of the previous year over time, the Simultaneous Retirement Allowance was not adjusted at the same time, since during its concession in 2021 the incomes of 2020 were taken into account.
“As a result, in January 2022 and given that the Allowance is scaled backwards according to the amount of income where, as I have told you, the income also includes the income from pensions, in addition to any other income, there were the corresponding adjustments provided by the current Plan regarding the provided Allowance. “About 25,000 beneficiaries were affected by this adjustment,” he said. and other income of the previous year.
In addition, all beneficiaries of the low pension pension who have a reduction in the benefit for the year 2022 compared to December 2021, due to an increase in the pension in 2021 or an increase in annual income in the same year up to € 120, will be granted an additional monthly allowance for the year 2022 equal to the amount of allowance they received in December 2021, meaning that they were entitled to a pension throughout the year 2021 and there is no substantial variation in income or household composition in a subsequent review of the application, he announced. According to the Undersecretary, the affected amount to & nbsp; 17,720 cases.
In addition, beneficiaries of a low-income allowance that has been deducted due to an increase in income resulting from an increase in the pension in 2021 will be granted an additional monthly allowance for 2022 equal to the amount of allowance they received in December 2021. pension beneficiaries throughout the year 2021 and there is no substantial variation in household income or composition in a subsequent review of the application. These cases amount to & nbsp; 737, he announced.
Ms. Anthoussi noted that the total monthly income, together with the monthly allowance will not exceed the respective set limits, which amount to € 834 for a single person and € 1,271 for a couple. He added that & nbsp; the payment of the difference will be granted on a monthly basis, starting from April 2022, with retroactive effect from 1 January 2022 until the end of 2022.
The supplementary allowance will not be taken into account in calculating total incomes to set the corresponding set limits, he said.
At the same time, the Undersecretary said that a permanent request of the low-income pensioners has been adopted, & nbsp; to exclude the amount of the student sponsorship obtained by the members of each household from the calculation of income, for the purposes of low-retirement allowance and Easter allowance January 1, 2022.
This decision affects approximately 18,457 households, which are included in the Low Income Retirement Assistance Scheme, including low-income retirees receiving the Minimum Guaranteed Income Allowance, and the cost of expenditure for 2022 at € 96,000,000 with retroactive effect from January 1, 2022, noted Ms. Anthousi.
Finally, he noted that & nbsp; today's revision of the Minimum Total Income Scheme for low-income retirees is not the first. Since 2016 and when the financial conditions allowed it with our exit from the memorandum, the Plan has been revised & nbsp; three times (2016, 2019 and 2020) by increasing the maximum monthly allowance and ensuring that all beneficiaries will have incomes in excess of the poverty line.
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The Council of Ministers on Wednesday approved the granting of an Easter allowance of € 190 with the simultaneous increase of the income criteria for the beneficiaries.
“We are raising the income criteria for receiving the Easter allowance, in order to include an additional 5,000 of our fellow low-income retirees. “Our goal is to enhance the living standards of those who are really in need in these difficult conditions,” said Ms. Anthousi.
As a result, the income threshold is increased to € 7,000 from € 6,500 for a single household and to € 12,000 from € 11,000 for a household of two retirees. A total of 5,151 people are benefiting from the widening of the income threshold, who have either lost their right to an Easter Benefit due to an increase in their pensions for the year 2021 (2,460 cases), or are new beneficiaries of the benefit due to an increase in the income threshold (2,591 cases) who are included in the Low Income Retirement Assistance Scheme, including low-income retirees receiving the Minimum Guaranteed Income Allowance. income limit amounts to € 0.9 million, and is a 25% increase of the existing budget € 3.7m. The & nbsp; number of beneficiaries is a total of 18,822 or 38% more than in 2021.
rapid rise in inflation. “That's why we have taken these new support measures,” she said. in Ukraine “.