Volodin is suggested not to pay allowances to pensions for MP

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Nikolskiye in fotoreceptor of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin. Archival photoVolodin is suggested not to pay allowances to pensions for MP© RIA Novosti / Alexei Nikolskiye the image Bank

The speaker of the state Duma Vyacheslav Volodin considers it appropriate to members who have additional income, do not count on parliamentary allowances to pensions.

«We need to think about work, and as for the question associated with the payment of pensions, the time will come, of course, we’re all going to discuss this question», — said Volodin answering the question of how old he is and what his pension.

«I believe that on the basis of the income that I have, and, in principle, of what is repeatedly said, correctly those who have the opportunities and it is self-sufficient, not to rely on those allowances, which gives an MP. Therefore, most likely, many members who have the opportunity, and he has income that allow him to live not only on a parliamentary salary, have every right — and it would be right not to think about that and not rely on allowances, which gives an MP», — said the politician.

«United Russia» on 6 September in the state Duma introduced the first package of amendments to the bill on changes to the pension system. The number of the amendments, in particular, was the amendment on the abolition of the additional pension preferences of deputies and senators.

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, Putin proposed a number of measures to mitigate the decision. In particular, he advocated 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.

Putin’s proposal to change the pension system was designed as amendments to the law submitted by the President to the Duma on 6 September, «United Russia» in this day also introduced the first package of amendments that were adopted during consideration of the draft in the second reading.

Now the standard age of retirement in Russia is 60 and 55 years for men and women respectively prescribed by law the retirement age established in the 1930-ies. The question of raising the retirement age has been discussed for quite some time. The need for this is caused by growing life expectancy and the inability to provide a decent pension in circumstances when the number of employees in the country decreases, while the number of pensioners, by contrast, is growing.

Today, in most countries the retirement age is 60-65 years.

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