The concept of the corresponding bill was introduced by Svetlana Zhakupova, the Vice Minister of Labor and Social Protection of Population.
“(It is proposed) to review the size of disability benefits and survivor benefits and set one rate (for survivor benefit), and in accordance with the number of children this rate will be multiplied, that is, if living wages per child is 0.86, then, for five children, it will be five times higher the size of the allowance,” she told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting of the interdepartmental commission on legislative activities on September 12.
The corresponding norm is in the concept of the draft law “On Amendments and Additions to Certain Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Social Protection of Certain Categories of Citizens” submitted by Zhakupova.
According to her, the current legislation provides only for indexation of benefits. Currently, the more dependents, the lower is the share of each in the total benefit amount. For example, if one child who has lost the breadwinner receives 0.86 of minimum wages, two children are only provided with 1.25 living wages, and so on.
Besides, at present, the families with disabled children from childhood that have lost their breadwinner, under current law, get to choose only one type of allowance: disability or survivor benefit.
“We propose an exception for disabled children. If the child is disabled, and his family has also lost the breadwinner, they are to receive both types of benefits,” said Zhakupova.
In this regard, within the framework of social support for families with children disabled since childhood, it is proposed to provide the disabled children with the right to get a survivor benefit in case of breadwinner loss or death of one or more parents along with disablement payout (in practice the situation of an incomplete family with a disabled child where decease of one or both parents is much worse than divorce of the parents).
The size of the lump sum payment for the burial of pensioners and welfare recipients is currently 15.7 MCI (1 MCI = 2,525 tenge), which does not allow a veteran or disabled person to be adequately carried on their last journey. It is proposed to increase this payment to 35 MCI.