In 2022, the pensions of Russians will be indexed in accordance with the growth index of the subsistence minimum for a pensioner. This was announced by Yulia Finogenova, professor of the department and prices of the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, in a conversation with the agency “Prime“.
At present, the average subsistence minimum for a pensioner in the country is 10,022 rubles. Next year, it will increase to 10,277. In this regard, insurance pensions will increase by 5.9 percent from January 1, 2022, and social pensions and state pensions will increase by 7.7 percent from April 1, 2022.
Finogenova noted that the size of the indexation will be higher than the figure of 4.3 percent, which was assumed a year ago “in conditions of higher real indicators of the minimum income of a pensioner.”
From February 1, 2022, other monthly payments received by federal beneficiaries will also be indexed by 5.8 percent, including veterans of the Great Patriotic War, citizens awarded with various orders, victims of radiation, former minor prisoners of fascism and some other categories of citizens. The amount of monthly cash payments depends on the status of the recipient.
In addition, next year they will begin to pay funded pensions to women born in 1967. The average size will be 2,613 rubles. In addition, the monthly cash payment includes a set of social services in the amount of 1,211.7 rubles per month. In order to receive the entire set or part of it in cash in 2022, Russians had to submit an application to the territorial body of the Pension Fund of Russia before October 1, 2021.
Earlier, the Commissioner for the Rights of Entrepreneurs under the President of Russia, Boris Titov, reproached the Ministry of Finance for not allocating money for the indexation of working pensioners. In his opinion, pensioners want to work and are ready to replace migrants, but they do not do this because of fears of losing the indexation of pensions. “They will lose benefits, their pensions will not be indexed. This discourages people to go out to work, ”he said.
On September 22, the government once again did not approve the law on the indexation of pensions for working pensioners. According to the authorities, the measure will require additional costs, while the bill does not offer any funding sources.
In turn, Valery Ryazansky, Chairman of the Presidium of the Union of Pensioners of Russia and Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Social Policy, suggested that pensioners who complain about the lack of money for food should go to earn money. “If you have the strength and opportunities, then you should work somewhere. There are no miracles, ”he said. The politician also recalled that pensioners can apply for one-time financial assistance, but noted that this will not solve permanent financial problems. In his opinion, the reason for the low pensions in Russia is that small salaries do not allow people to save up for old age and receive a good pension in the future.