Russian government rejects plea for improved pay for carers
The government will not be able to increase payments to non-employees who care for people with disabilities
LDPR members put forward a bill in the State Duma proposing a monthly payment of ten thousand roubles to unemployed people who care for a child with a disability, a disabled person with a group one disability from childhood and a disabled person with a group one disability. The government did not support the initiative.
Those behind the project stated that the current level of compensation for caring for a person with a group one disability (excluding those with a disability from childhood) is unacceptably low – it remains at 1,200 roubles and has not increased since 2008. Yet at the same time, compensation for caring for a child with a disability, or a child with a group one disability from childhood has stood at 10,000 roubles a month since July 2019. Those supporting the bill highlighted the social tension that this level of disparity causes.
Moreover, only people of working age receive compensation for care of any person with a group one disability. Upon retirement they lose the state’s financial support, but their care requirements continue.
The new bill proposed payments of 10,000 roubles to all non-working people, including those caring for people with a group one disability and those in retirement who care for those with a childhood disability. The bill also included a proposal to index the payments.
The Cabinet stated that the suggestions made in the bill would require funds to be allocated from the Federal budget and the bill did not define how the required spending conditions would be met. Therefore, the government did not support the initiative.