Even homeless people should not have incomes below the subsistence level. This statement was made by the Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Economic Policy, Communist Party member Nikolai Arefiev, informs URA.RU.
According to him, measures to increase the income of citizens should be implemented in a comprehensive manner, and not “in some blotches”. The politician proposed to guarantee the minimum wage to all citizens without exception, including the homeless. “Those who receive three to five thousand rubles shouldn’t be there at all,” Arefiev said.
He added that in Russia there is still a huge gap between rich and poor, and recalled that in developed countries, economic inequality is much lower. As an example, he cited Norway and Switzerland, where “there are no homeless people.”
The Russian government has set the subsistence minimum for 2021 at 11,653 rubles. At the same time, citizens believe that an ordinary Russian family needs at least 60.9 thousand rubles to make ends meet. 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.