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More than 18 million Russians are below the poverty line
The number of Russians living below the poverty line has reached 18,5 million. Moreover, 70-80% of them are parents with children. Such data was announced by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Tatyana Golikova.
As the TASS, new support measures, which were outlined in the president’s message to the Federal Assembly, will help change the situation. On January 1, 2020, a federal allowance for the care of a child under the age of three years was introduced. Moreover, the criterion for receiving benefits was increased from one and a half to two living wages.
As Tatyana Golikova noted, after the child has reached the age of three, the allowance is reduced to 349 rubles and the family falls into the poor category. Now the regions will have to revise the documents that establish the amount of the allowance for caring for a child aged three to seven years. Families will be able to receive them, where for each family member there is no more than one living wage.
A system of social contracts should also help to get out of poverty. Starting from 2021, 29 billion rubles will be allocated for it, and the number of participants can grow to nine million people. Currently, the project is being implemented in 21 pilot regions, but it will expand throughout the country.