Russian households need to earn at least 60.9 thousand rubles to make ends meet. RBC writes about this with reference to a study by Rosstat.
The respondents were asked to answer the question “What is the minimum monthly income your household needs to make ends meet, that is, to pay all the necessary daily expenses?”
Young families with children (80.9 thousand rubles) and families with disabled children (88.4 thousand) became the most demanding in terms of the minimum income. At the same time, the subsistence minimum in Russia for 2021 is 11.65 thousand rubles per person.
It also turned out that only 24.3 percent of households are able to buy the most essential goods without budgetary consequences. Some 75.7 percent of households are experiencing financial difficulties. There is a tendency to improve the situation for this indicator. So, in 2018, 79.5 percent of families experienced financial difficulties, in 2016 there were 84.6 percent of them.
The survey was conducted in October-November 2020 in all regions of the country, covering more than 100 thousand households. According to the 2010 census, there are 54.6 million private households in Russia.
On July 13, the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation predicted an increase in the average monthly salary of citizens in 2021 by almost 5 thousand rubles, or 9.1 percent in relation to the level of 2020. The Russians were predicted that the average income level would exceed 56 thousand rubles. In addition, the department has increased the forecast for the cost of living. It is expected that in 2022 the minimum wage will grow by 2.5 percent to 11,950 rubles, by 9.2 percent (to 13,059 rubles) in 2023 and by 7.4 percent (to 14,031 rubles) in 2024.
Earlier, the State Duma in the first reading rejected a bill on issuing food ration cards to low-income Russians, which was developed and introduced by deputies from the LDPR faction and senators Sergei Leonov and Ivan Abramov.
Legislators offered to help citizens whose average per capita income does not exceed the subsistence level in a particular region. The amount of aid that could be spent on food was supposed to be 25 percent of the regional cost of living.