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The Ombudsman on the guaranteed minimum income: 64 euros is a figure snatched from the air – in Latvia

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“The Constitutional Court (Constitutional Court) (ST) found that this 64 euros (Guaranteed Minimum Income (GMI)) is an absolutely aerial figure, the result of a weak political market that is not based on any methodology, social reality and it is not clear who this benefit is for. targeted. ST acknowledged that, in essence, the Government has not solved anything for years, ”the Ombudsman explained Juris Jansons that the amount of the guaranteed minimum income of 64 euros did not comply with the Satversme in the Riga TV 24 program“ Personality of the Day ”.

Jansons believes that this is a fundamental judgment in the field of socio – economic rights, which should be read from A – Z to every Saeima deputy. “I would also recommend the Prime Minister (Krišjānis Kariņš (JV)) to read this once,” the program called Tthe Ombudsman, because we are talking about constitutional values, a socially responsible state, a state governed by the rule of law and human dignity, which is one of our fundamental constitutional values.

In its judgment, the Constitutional Court very specifically, extensively and fundamentally explains what is socially responsible in the context of the state with the rule of law and the principles of human dignity.

There is no money, the weak politicians of this mantra must stop chanting. If the government is not able to determine the methodology for how to calculate these social benefits in particular, especially when it comes to the Guaranteed Minimum Income, where neither the government nor the Ministry of Welfare was clear about what it is for, so it is up to parliament. The guarantee of fundamental rights cannot be left to such a voluntary, political market, it is not acceptable in a state governed by the rule of law, ”the Government’s inaction in the field of benefits commented Tguard.

Jansons explained that in its judgment, the ST has given a task to the parliament and the government, namely – the political talks between the government and the Union of Local Governments of Latvia (LPS) ended with some figure snatched into the air, which is not based on economic calculations and social reality. The ST judgment specifically states that the legislator must determine any social benefit at the level of the law, with a specific purpose and determining the methodology.

Recall that GMI is benefit for ensuring the guaranteed minimum income level for a family (person) who has been recognized as destitute in accordance with the procedures specified in regulatory enactments and whose average income for the last three months is less than 128.06 EUR per month (Cabinet Regulation No. 913).

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