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The President’s initiative to mitigate the pension reform will cost 511 billion rubles, said Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova. This is less than the amount docblock called before

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To implement the proposals of President Vladimir Putin on easing the pension reform will need 511 billion rubles, told journalists the Vice Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova at a press conference on Friday, August 31. Informed of social and financial blocks of the government differed in estimates of the cost of mitigating the pension reform.

“I called different numbers. They were partly misunderstood. We then Anton Germanovich [Siluanov] agreed, and now we have come to a completely unified understanding, how much it costs,” — said Golikova.

The first Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Finance Anton Siluanov said that the President’s initiative to mitigate the pension reform will cost 500 billion rubles of additional expenditure for six years. Golikova on the same day, provided figures which showed that the additional costs (compared to the original scheme raising the retirement age proposed by the government) in the years 2019-2024 will be 756 billion.

At a press conference Golikova said that the cost of mitigating the pension reform will amount to 511 billion rubles. “at Once I will tell, why there was such a deviation in order to remove possible questions. Because the President’s initiative regarding the establishment of privileges for six months for the first two years of retirement, she was subject to a very rapid calculation. We came to different figures, but then in the end they agreed on”, — has explained Golikova.

Among other measures, Putin has proposed to give an opportunity to men 1959-1960 year of birth and women 1964-1965 year of birth to retire six months earlier. “For example: the person who according to the new retirement age will have to retire in January 2020, will be able to do it in July 2019,” said the President. The speaker initially said that this initiative will cost 490 billion RUB of additional pension costs on government reform scenario. “This figure was the subject of our agreement with the Ministry of Finance. Now we estimate nearly 300 billion rubles,” — said Deputy Prime Minister.

“The years 2019-2024 is 511 billion rubles, but this is without taking into account the costs that will arise in the Federal budget and regional budgets in connection with the benefits of real estate, land, transport, utilities, as it is subject to a separate, more rigorous calculation. But we’re not very worried, because they were not considered in balance to this, as was the retirement age 55 and 60,” — said Deputy Prime Minister.

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The main change, which Putin suggested to increase the retirement age for women for five, not eight years (to 60 years, not 63). The shortfall of revenues of the Pension Fund that are expected by the government in determining women’s retirement age is 63 years old, will amount to 3.6 trillion rubles for the period from 2029 to 2035, said Golikova.

Vladimir Putin made a televised address to the nation on August 29. The head of state announced measures to alleviate the pension reform. Putin has suggested to raise the retirement age of women in five instead of eight years, explaining that “a special, careful” attitude to them in the country. The President has also proposed to extend the period of pre-retirement age from two to five years before retirement. And to protect the rights of this category of citizens is to increase their unemployment to 11.3 thousand rubles, to strengthen responsibility up to criminal liability for employers for the dismissal “of pretensioner”.

Putin also promised to preserve benefits for citizens, who will retire later than they bargained for: Federal benefits retirees will continue to operate from 55 and 60 years for women and men respectively. First and foremost we are talking about estate taxes and the ground (so-called tax on six acres), which pensioners don’t pay. The President said that he expects that the authorities of the constituent entities retain regional benefits in the old pension borders for a transitional period. Regional benefits relate to housing and communal services, purchase of medicines, payment of capital repairs, public transport, etc.

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