Minimum Guaranteed Income To Begin in September on a Trial Basis
Thursday, 17 July 2014
The minimum guaranteed income will start being offered on a trial basis by the beginning of September, with its universal application scheduled to begin within the first half of 2015, labour ministry sources said on Wednesday.
This was agreed during a meeting to settle the final details of the programme between a troika technical team and the Labour, Social Security and Welfare Deputy Minister Vassilis Kegeroglou.
The minimum guaranteed income, a novelty by Greek standards, will first be applied in 10 municipalities to be announced shortly. More than 20 million euros will be made available to the programme's first (trial) phase, with the government planning to register an appropriate expense of up to 1.0 billion euros in the draft budget on October.
According to labour ministry sources, a four-member family with two underage children can expect to receive 400 euros a month under the programme, of which 100 euros will correspond to housing costs, 200 euros will correspond to the two adult family members, while another 100 euros will be offered for the two children. Families with only one underage child will receive 350 euros, while single-parent families' children will receive 100 euros each, as if they were adults.