Ukrainian govt to create Guaranteed minimum income program

Source : 112 Ukraine

The program will help support poor and vulnerable households
13:01, 3 June 2020

The Ukrainian government is working on a new program of social support

Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine plans to improve the program of social support for the population and create a targeted program of Guaranteed minimum income. This was reported by the Ekonomichna Pravda outlet.

The program is needed to effectively help poor and vulnerable households. The new scheme will combine some current social benefits, as well as unemployment benefits.

Related: World Bank allocates $ 50 million for pensions and social benefits in Ukraine

The amount of the guaranteed minimum income will be increased in comparison with the current minimum payments to pensioners and the unemployed. The Ministry of Social Policy will intensify the inspection of recipients of social benefits in order to improve its targeting.

As we reported earlier, as of May 20, 2020, the number of unemployed in Ukraine was 501,000 people.

In May 2020, the number increased by 196,000 (64% more than during the same period last year).

"The increase in the number of registered unemployed took place in all regions, most significantly in Khmelnytskyi, Zaporizhia, Poltava, Kyiv, Lviv, Zakarpattia regions (2.1 - 2.3 times) and Kyiv (3.5 times)," the message reads.

Related: Ministry of Social Policy reports Ukraine’s potential poverty rate

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