The Ministry of Labor proposed to change the rules for assigning child benefits


The Ministry of Labor proposes to exclude property that is wanted or under arrest when assessing the income of families applying for benefits. Simply put, if the car is stolen, then the family can no longer use it. And if the apartment is arrested due to debts, then the family is clearly not in the best financial situation.

Thus, auto or motor vehicles, residential property under arrest, as well as vehicles that are on the wanted list will not be taken into account. Changes are planned to be made to the rules for calculating social benefits for children from three to seven years old, as well as for women registered in the early stages of pregnancy, and single parents. The department posted the corresponding changes in the form of a draft government decree for public comment.

In addition, the draft decree provides for a softening of the “zero income” rule for pregnant women. If a woman applies for child benefits in the twelfth week or later, she will not be subject to the “zero income” rule. Also, the “zero income” rule will not apply to a woman if she is already six months pregnant at the time of applying for benefits. In addition, when assessing family income, persons who are on the wanted list, recognized as incompetent or who are on state support will not be taken into account.

But at the same time, when assessing family income, not only earnings will be taken into account, but also funds won in the lottery or sweepstakes. It is important to emphasize that the mere fact of winning is not a reason for deprivation of benefits. The point is only that these funds, like earnings, will be taken into account when assessing the need. If a person, for example, receives a prize of several thousand rubles, it is unlikely that this will have too much effect on his overall income.

The Ministry of Labor reminds that a comprehensive needs assessment is used when assigning a monthly cash payment for a child from three to seven years inclusive. Also, family income is taken into account when assigning a monthly allowance to a woman registered in the early stages of pregnancy, and an allowance for a child between the ages of eight and 17, provided to single parents.

The mere fact of winning is not a ground for deprivation of benefits. It’s just that these funds will be taken into account when assessing the needs of families.

The “zero income” rule is when a person has no income, but if he applies for government support, he will need to justify why he does not work and does not receive a salary.


Source: Российская Газета by rg.ru.

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