Latvia - Social protection expenditure increased by 5.9% - November 30, 2016

Data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in 2015 social protection expenditure accounted for 3 619.7 million euros and, compared to 2014, it has grown by 201 million euros or 5.9%. Expenditure on support for families and children increased by 24.1%, expenditure on support for disabled persons by 7.8%, and social expenditure on sickness and heath care by 7.5%. The expenditure growth was mostly affected by the deregulation of maternity, paternity and parental benefit size limits as well as amendments in the terms for granting childcare benefit that came into force on 1 October 2014. Rise was observed also in the expenditure on family state allowanced.

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