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Over 38,000 Kazakhstanis received social assistance within “Orleu” project in 2016

by February 15, 2017 Key Issues

At the beginning of his speech, Vice Minister recalled that Law of Kazakhstan “On amendments and additions to some legislative acts on social protection of the Republic of Kazakhstan population”, which was signed by Head of state on 29 October 2015, has been developed in the framework of the 84 steps of the nation Plan – 100 concrete steps to implement the five institutional reforms.

The Act provides for the introduction from 1 January 2018, a new order of targeted social assistance (hereinafter – TSA) to families with incomes below 50% of the subsistence level (currently – 40%) for each family member with the condition of compulsory participation of able-bodied family members in active measures employment assistance to be provided in return for the existing:

– Special state allowances to large families;

– State child benefit up to 18 years for low-income families;

– Targeted social assistance provided to low-income households.

TSA in the new format will be classified into 2 types: unconditional and conditional cash assistance.

Unconditional cash assistance will be provided to those families in which structure there is no able-bodied members (ie, disabled families or elderly pensioners), or families, able-bodied members of which, for objective reasons, can not participate in employment support measures (for example, a single mother with children of preschool age) .For these families, mandatory participation in employment measures for benefits is not required.

Conditional cash assistance will be provided to families, having in its composition at least one able-bodied member, subject to the conclusion of the social contract and the mandatory participation of all able-bodied family members in the measures to promote employment.

By signing the social contract, the parties undertake reciprocal commitments: social services are taking measures to promote employment and pay benefits, and able-bodied family members – in good faith participate in measures to promote employment.

One does not just provide financial assistance, help him find a job, sent to various refresher courses and advanced training. Thus, potential of the family to find a way out of poverty is stimulated.

Vice-Minister also noted that new approaches of social assistance have been approved in Akmola, East Kazakhstan and Zhambyl regions in 2014, where “Orleu” pilot project, providing for the provision of conditional cash assistance to persons who have signed a social contract, was introduced. Additionally, 38 similar regional pilot projects in districts and cities at the expense of local budgets were launched on July 1, 2015. Thus, 20.2 thousand people attended”Orleu” project in 2015.

“”Orleu ” project was attended by 38.8 thousand people in 2016. Implementation of the project contributed to the increase of per capita income of its participants by more than 2-fold, involving about 90.5% of able-bodied participants in employment promotion measures to reduce the recipients of targeted social assistance, in the pilot regions to 24.7%,” informed Svetlana Zhakupova.

The national budget provides 7.1 bln tenge in 2017 for further implementation of the project. This year, “Orleu” pilot project plans to involve about 150 thousand low-income citizens from all districts and cities of the country.

Source: The Prime Minister of Kazakhstan