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It is planned to allocate 342 million euros to various aid measures, according to the statements of the representatives of the parties after the meeting.

Arvils Ašeradens (New Unit) said support measures to offset inflation should be divided into two groups. The first provides additional support for low-income residents, including faster indexation of pensions and increased housing allowances. The increase in heating is intended to be partially compensated for all Latvian residents, i.e. this aid will not be targeted at a specific population group.

The largest amount of aid – €150 million – is intended to offset rising central heating costs, while €35 million is intended to partially offset rising gas heating costs . Aid for partial reimbursement of the increase in heating is also provided for households that heat their homes with wood, pellets, chips or heat pumps.

Welfare Minister Gatis Eglītis said the government’s planned support for households is essential, but it will not be possible to compensate households for all heating increases. “People have to count on rising bills,” Eglītis said.

Government officials indicated that the €342 million earmarked for partial inflation compensation was to be taken from the provident funds, but they could not say to what extent this would increase the Latvian government’s budget deficit. . We will know more on Tuesday, June 21, the date on which the government must take note of the information report from the Ministry of Social Affairs on the aid measures.

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