Report proposes 329 euro per household minimum income

Every fifth person in Estonia lives in relative poverty and a 329 euro per household guaranteed income would be enough to tackle poverty, a European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) report said.

EAPN organized a debate in Parliament on Wednesday, saying that the European Parliament has approved a resolution that a minimum income should be 60 percent of a nation’s median income, which works out to 329 euros per household in Estonia.

Tallinn University professor Lauri Leppik said a 329-euro per month guaranteed income would cost 208 million euros annually – 1.2 percent of GDP.

Riina Solman, the Estonian coordinator for EAPN, told ERR radio that people are not able to survive with the current model of benefits.

Solman said the 329-euro figure is a few years old and only takes into consideration the very basic requirements. She said the figure should be reevaluated, and expenses such as a internet conection, which is vital for school children, also added.

Solman said not only those on benefits fall into the relative or absolute poverty categories, but also people with jobs.

Source: ERR News

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