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EKYSY is asking for the criteria that applied before the banking crisis for the Easter allowance

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The Union of Cypriot Pensioners is asking the Government to reinstate the criteria that applied before the banking crisis for the Easter allowance, as well as for the mother's allowance (EKYSY), stating at the same time that the Government's decision “continues to deprive the large majority of low-pensioners of the Easter allowance”.

In a statement, EKYSY states that “the Council of Ministers at its meeting on April 24, 2024, without social dialogue, ignoring the letter sent by EKYSY to the Deputy Minister of Social Welfare from March, as well as the perennial positions of the House of Elders, for reinstatement of the criteria applied until 2012 for the Easter allowance, decided to grant the Easter allowance with the same income criteria established by the Anastasiades Government”.

“The only difference it brought about concerns the amount of the allowance, which amounts to 250 euros,” he adds. In addition, EKYSY reports that an official announcement states that the number of low-income pensioners who are expected to benefit from the Easter allowance this year amounts to approximately 13,500, while last year it was 16,200.

It also states that the income threshold for the Easter allowance “based on the decision of the Christodoulidis Government remains at €7,000 per year for a single-person household and at €12,000 per year for a 2-person household” and adds that “the poverty income threshold is €10,324 per year for a single-person household and at €15,486 per year for a household of two pensioners”.

“Based on this year's decision, the new Government continues to divide pensioners into poor and more poor”. EKYSY expresses its dissatisfaction with the continued persistence of the new Government, as it states, “not to restore a right that was won by the struggles of the pensioners”.

Source: reporter.com.cy

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