By the second reading, the bill on changing the criteria for the needs of families receiving payments for children was amended by government and parliamentary amendments that extend the period of payment for a period from 1.5 years until the child reaches the age of 3 years. Olga Okuneva, First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Family, Women and Children, told about this to Parlamentskaya Gazeta.
On May 30, a government bill was introduced to the State Duma to change the criteria for the need for families who can receive monthly payments in connection with the birth of their first or second child. Now such payments are received by parents whose total income does not exceed 1.5 times the subsistence level. The draft, approved by the chamber in the first reading, proposed to raise the bar to twice the cost of living, Okuneva recalled.
Amendments that were introduced by the Ministry of Labor and members of the State Duma Committee on Family, Women and Children (head of the committee Tamara Pletneva and deputies Olga Okuneva, Elena Vtorygina, Oksana Pushkina, Anna Kuvychko, Vasilina Kuliyeva and Valentina Mironova) to the second reading, along with an increase in the neediness threshold the period of payment is extended until the child reaches 3 years of age (in the original version it was up to 1.5 years), the parliamentarian noted.
“Thus, the bill will address the issues received from citizens during the Direct Line with Vladimir Putin,” she summed up.
According to the bill, families raising children under 3 years old will be able to receive payments for children if the total income of the parents does not exceed 2 living wages established in the region.
Currently, the regions have approved subsistence minimum only for the first quarter of 2019. Their size ranges from 8.5 to 20 thousand rubles.
The highest rates of PMR are in the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug (23,066 rubles), in Kamchatka (21,842 rubles) and in the Magadan Region (20,887 rubles). The lowest are in the Belgorod region (8474 rubles), the Voronezh region (8976 rubles) and Mordovia (9101 rubles). In Moscow, the PMR for the first quarter of this year amounted to 14 647 rubles, in St. Petersburg - 11 074 rubles