Donetsk, Dec 30 - DAN. Welfare benefits in the Donetsk People’s Republic will increase for 27 groups of recipients starting January 1, 2022, DPR Labour and Social Policy Minister Larisa Tolstykina said at a press briefing at the Donetsk News Agency on Thursday.

DPR Head Denis Pushilin’s Decree No 414 dated December 28, 2021 increased 11 of the 14 types of benefits for 27 groups of recipients from January 1, 2022,” Tolstykina said. “The increase ranges between 5 and 140 percent.”

Special attention is paid to families with children, individuals with disabilities and persons in difficult circumstances, she added.

Maternity allowances will increase to 8,000 rubles. Childbirth allowances paid in the first three years will amount to 7,000. Survivor's benefits will increase to 7,885 rubles and the allowance with the nursing supplement for disabled children and lifelong disabled persons  will reach 7,500 to 16,000 rubles depending on the category.

“The DPR is launching new payments in 2022 similar to the children’s benefits in Russia’s Rostov region. They are a lumpsum payment of 17,450 rubles when a baby is handed over to a family, a 30,000-ruble lumpsum payment to a new adoptive family, and supplement payments to foster parents per child with disabilities in the amount of 4,500 rubles,” the minister said.

Payments to low-income families will increase to 4,000 rubles while supplement payment per child will increase to 1,500 rubles. Persons who are not entitled to old age pension, and disabled persons will get 7,300 to 8,000 rubles. The compensation for taking care of 1st disability group persons and elderly persons over 80 years of age will increase from 500 rubles to 1,200 rubles.

Every month, the DPR pays welfare benefits to some 125,000 residents.

Benefits last increased on July 1, 2021 in accordance with DPR Head Denis Pushilin’s decree which allocated more than 500 million rubles from the Republic’s budget for the purpose.*jk