The Penza authorities will support the benefits of residents approaching retirement age

© Depositphotos / сап400Пенза. Archival photoThe Penza authorities will support the benefits of residents approaching retirement age© Depositphotos / can400

Legislative Assembly of the Penza region on Friday passed a law on the preservation of all the regional benefits for women from 55 and men from 60 years, reported the regional government.

«At the initiative of Governor of the region Ivan Belozertseva adopted the regional law on granting of the regional measures of social support of citizens outside the changes in the retirement age. The bill approved by deputies at regular session of legislative Assembly of the Penza region on Friday,» — said in the message.

The head of the region noted that this law will allow citizens approaching retirement age to receive benefits and need for financial assistance on the same conditions as today.

«This applies to veterans of a number of persons in need of special support from the state. They will receive social assistance regardless of whether the changed retirement age», — quotes Belozertseva his press service.

The press service said that the regional Parliament on Friday passed a law on increase of the subsistence minimum of a pensioner, applied for the establishment of social surcharges to pension, which in the region in 2019 will amount 8,404 thousand rubles.

According to the government of the region on 31 August, on the territory of the region is home to 444,537 thousands of pensioners. On 1 January this year, the social support measures used 116 thousand regional exempts, the average payout per person is 1.43 thousand rubles per month.

The state Duma in July passed in the first reading a government bill suggesting a gradual increase in age of retirement to 65 years for men and 63 years for women. However, Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed several measures to mitigate the decision, announced in a televised address to the Russians. In particular, the President called for the age of retirement for women at age 60, early retirement for mothers of large families and the introduction of measures for the protection of persons close to retirement age, including raising unemployment benefits and the introduction of liability for employers for dismissal before retirement. Proposals to change the pension system was designed as amendments to the law submitted by the President for consideration in the state Duma on 6 September, the same day the «United Russia» also brought in GD the first set of amendments.