House­holds kept wait­ing for ben­e­fits

Kathimerini English - - Focus - ROULA SALOUROU

The State Gen­eral Ac­count­ing Of­fice is strug­gling with its out­go­ings be­fore the bailout sub­tranche of 2 bil­lion eu­ros is dis­bursed. As a re­sult, de­spite as­sur­ances, fam­ily ben­e­fits due to 640,000 house­holds yes­ter­day were not paid out, even though they orig­i­nally should have been more than a week ago.

Sim­i­larly, the state has failed to pay the fourth in­stall­ment of the food ben­e­fit to 145,359 hold­ers of the Sol­i­dar­ity Card, and the La­bor Min­istry is still await­ing 5 mil­lion eu­ros in ad­di­tional fund­ing for the smooth com­ple­tion of the pi­lot ap­pli­ca­tion of the Min­i­mum Guar­an­teed In­come scheme.

The fo­cus has now shifted to the pay­ment of pen­sions next week. The So­cial Se­cu­rity Foundation (IKA) has al­ready se­cured a short-term loan amount­ing to 210 mil­lion eu­ros to make sure its pen­sions are paid in time. The min­istry as­sured a few days ago that there will be no de­lays in the pay­ment of pen­sions.

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