Donetsk, Dec 27 — DAN. The Donetsk People’s Republic is launching allowances for children up to 17 years of age from low income families starting January 1, 2023. The relevant decree by DPR Acting Head Denis Pushilin was published on his website.

The benefit is provided in case the average income of a family with a child does not exceed the subsistence minimum in the region (fixed at 11,213 rubles starting January 1, 2023). The sum of the benefit depends on the family’s financial position.

Expectant mothers are entitled to the benefit from the sixth month of pregnancy. If the average family income does not exceed the subsistence minimum, the family will be paid 50 percent of the subsistence minimum value (5,606.5 rubles — eds Donetsk News Agency). If the family income, even with the benefit, is still below the minimum, the sum of the allowance may reach 75 percent (8,409.75 rubles — eds DAN)  or 100 percent (11,213 rubles — eds DAN) of the subsistence minimum.

The sum of the allowance can be recalculated if the subsistence minimum is changed.

The powers to allocate and pay benefits are given to Russia’s Pension and Social Insurance Fund. The DPR Labor and Social Policy Ministry will monitor the implementation of the decree.

DPR Acting Head Denis Pushilin signed Decree No 71 on December 26, 2022. It will come into force on January 1, 2023.*jk