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Uniformed personnel and unemployed will receive social benefits from the budget surplus

20 March 2014 / 19:03:31  GRReporter
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On 9 May 64,065 uniformed personnel, whose gross salary is below 1,500 euro, excluding night work and five-day shifts, will be paid social benefits.

Of these 64,065 uniformed personnel, 26,525 are policemen, 2,315 coast guard employees, 1,480 firefighters and 33,745 are employees in the Ministry of National Defence.

These employees will receive an average of 470 euro in a lump sum benefit, without deductions and taxes, based on the monthly salary for January 2014 and, according to the Ministry of Finance, this will happen on 9 May 2014. The other categories will be paid a benefit to the amount of 510 euro on average. The sum of the benefit will be calculated based on income and property criteria.

In addition to uniformed personnel with a salary below 1,500 euro, the government is planning to allocate social benefits to citizens with low incomes, such as pensioners with low pensions, unemployed registered at the labour offices, employees on the poverty line or families with two children and a total annual income of up to 10,000 euro. The social benefit will be calculated solely based on the financial and family status of those entitled to it. The amount in question is in the range of 500 euro and 1,000 euro, depending on the income and number of children in the family. The movable and immovable property of the family will eventually be taken into account as well.

The total amount that will be paid to these vulnerable groups of the population is estimated at 505 million euro. In addition, 400,000 families that receive family benefits will be paid a solidary benefit that will be lower than the annual family benefit. For example, a family with two children and an annual income of 20,000 euro will receive an annual benefit of 640 euro.

The extra payment by the government will be lower than the 640 euro it is going to pay at present. 300,000 pensioners with low pensions will be entitled to it as well as 250,000 unemployed who are registered at the labour offices. As for the homeless, the agencies providing them with food and shelter will receive 20 million euro.

The payment of these benefits has become ​​possible due to the primary budget surplus.

It has to be noted that the remuneration of uniformed personnel and military reservists will probably further increase but this will depend on the decision of the State Council. However, in the case of a decision to return 500 million euro, the government will have to cover any shortages by equivalent measures.

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