06 March, 2019

Social assistance for each child from low-income family to be increased by an average of 40% — Berdibek Saparbayev

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At the press conference in the Government’s press center, Minister of Labor and Social Protection of the Population Berdibek Saparbayev spoke about the implementation of Elbasy’s New Social Measures “Aleumettik Qamqorlyq,” presented at the XVIII Congress of the Nur Otan Party. In particular, he spoke about supporting the low-income segments of the population and large families.

The Head of State at the XVIII Congress of the Nur Otan Party was tasked to ensure a decent standard of living for citizens.

Raising wages for low-paid public sector employees

Minister of Labor and Social Protection of the Population Berdibek Saparbayev said that in accordance with the instruction, from July 1, 2019, wages of individual public sector employees will be increased to 30%. This will directly affect more than 1 million civil servants working in healthcare, education, social protection, culture, sports, agriculture and others.

The following categories of workers expect a pay rise: workers from classes 1 through 8, workers in auxiliary (technical), administrative and core personnel. At the same time, the wages of these categories of workers will be raised differentially, depending on the length of service.

In addition, from July 1, 2019, wages will be raised to grass-roots workers of executive bodies who work directly with citizens at the district and regional levels.

According to Saparbayev, the salary increase will cover about 78 thousand state employees of rural, district and regional akimats. The average salary increase will be 25%. For these purposes, the state will additionally allocate about 77 billion tenge over three years.

Supporting low-income families

Saparbayev also informed about measures to support low-income families, whose income for each family member does not exceed 70% of the subsistence minimum.

To support low-income families, from Jan. 1, 2018, targeted social assistance has been introduced.

The new format of social assistance is comprehensive:

  • there is a cash payment assigned in a conditional and unconditional form;
  • measures to promote employment, including training, youth internships, social work, issuance of microcredit, employment;
  • guaranteed volume of social services.

At the end of 2018, 571 thousand people or 111 thousand families became recipients of targeted social assistance. All able-bodied recipients of TSA were given assistance in finding employment. Measures of social adaptation covered 125 thousand people. The measures taken allowed more than 44 thousand people to get out of poverty.

The minister also reported on changes to the assistance appointment mechanism, which will come into force on July 1, 2019.

First, the criteria for the appointment of TSA will increase from 50% to 70% of the subsistence minimum per person, that is, from 14,849 to 20,789 tenge in 2019;

Second, when appointing the assistance, the allowances to large families and mothers with many children who hold Kumіs Alqa and Altyn Alqa pendants, as well as disability benefits for children will be excluded from the total family income;

Third, a guaranteed assistance in the amount of 70% of the subsistence minimum (20,789 tenge) will be paid monthly for each child from a low-income family. The size of the TSA for adult family members will be calculated as before.

Saparbayev noted that this will allow an average increase in aid by 40%. As a result, these measures will cover more than 830 thousand people.

Fourth, the procedure for assigning the assistance through the optimization of the requested documents will be simplified. So, all the necessary documents will be requested through the information systems of state bodies. In case of lack of information in information systems, specialists from employment centers or rural akimats will draw up requests to the relevant state bodies.

“Electronic social cards will be formed in the regions. They will include an assessment of the needs, the social conditions of each family. Currently, work is underway to make changes and amendments to the regulatory legal acts,” the minister said.

Expanding employment measures for large families

Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Population, in cooperation with Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs is planning to make appropriate changes to the Enbek State Program for the Development of Productive Employment and Mass Entrepreneurship:

The changes provide state families with large grants for new business ideas for 505 thousand tenge on a non-refundable basis. As part of microcredit in 2019, 5 thousand microcredits are to be spent on the development of entrepreneurship among mothers of large families and persons with disabilities in the village. As a result, 15 thousand large families will have the opportunity to do their own business and increase income. Also, mothers with many children and persons with disabilities in the village will be provided with preferential microloans in the amount of up to 6.5 million tenge to open their own business and up to 20 million tenge for the development of anchor cooperation.

In addition, short-term training for professions in demand will be organized for large families with low income rural families. Certain social jobs at home will be created with wage subsidies. This will allow combining childcare and work, as well as an additional source of income.

“Social support will be strengthened for families caring for children with disabilities. From July 1, 2019, the size of health care for children with disabilities and for persons over 18 years of the first group of disabilities from childhood will be increased. As a result, the size of benefits for 100 thousand citizens will be increased from 31,183 tenge to 41,578 tenge,” Saparbayev said.

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