Monday, August 5, 2019

Ombudsman warns government about low pensions in Latvia

Ombudsman Juris Jansons has sent a pre-trial warning to the government regarding the protection of the rights of people most at risk of poverty. The Ombudsman noted that the minimum old-age pension, which ranges from €70.43 to €108.85 per month, is catastrophically low and does not provide for basic needs such as food, clothing, housing and health care, reported on August 5.

It was also remarked that differentiating the minimum pension according to seniority is unfair to people who led longer working lives. According to Article 109 of the Constitution, “Everyone has the right to social security in old age, for work disability, for unemployment and in other cases as provided by law.”

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