Social protection expenditure increased by 2.3% in 2014

26.11.2015

Preliminary data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in 2014 social protection expenditure in Latvia accounted for EUR 3 359.6 mln, which is EUR 76.4 mln or 2.3% more than in 2013. The greatest growth was recorded in expenditure on support to families and children (of 12.7%), as well as on support to persons with disability (of 12.0%).

Expenditure growth was mostly affected by increase of allowance for childcare and minimum parental allowance (from EUR 142.29 to EUR 171.00, as of 1 January 2014). Also the growth in expenditure of state support programme introduced in September 2013 for children who do not have a place in a pre-school education establishment had a significant increasing impact on the social protection expenditure (in 2013 - EUR 1.6 mln; in 2014 - EUR 8.2 mln).

Expenditure on social protection in Latvia (mln EUR)

 

2012

2013

2014

(preliminary data)

Changes in 2014 compared to 2013, %

mln euros

%

Total expenditure on social protection

3 089.0

3 283.2

3 359.6

100.0

2.3

of which:

 

 

 

 

 

   sickness/health care

667.2

723.7

760.8

22.6

5.1

   disability

263.3

275.1

308.0

9.2

12.0

   old-age

1 660.1

1 715.5

1 707.4

50.8

-0.5

   survivor

49.5

47.8

46.1

1.4

-3.4

   family/children

219.7

267.6

301.6

9.0

12.7

   unemployment

112.3

137.8

134.4

4.0

-2.5

   housing

29.2

26.2

22.8

0.7

-13.1

   social exclusion

42.5

32.4

29.9

0.9

-7.9

   administrative costs (calculation)

44.5

56.3

47.6

1.4

-15.5

   other expenditure

0.7

0.8

0.9

0.0

14.4

Expenditure on support to persons with disability (excluding healthcare-related payments) grew by 12% in 2014. It is due to growth in expenditure on assistant services and increase of nursing allowance to persons with disability aged over 18 years (from EUR 142.29 to EUR 213.43 as of 1 July 2014).

In 2014 the largest drop (of 13.1%) was recorded in social protection expenditure on housing, as according to the data of the Ministry of Welfare over the year the number of persons receiving housing allowance (incl. needy persons who received the allowance) decreased by 5 thousand. If in 2013 expenditure on housing allowance accounted for EUR 23.4 mln, then in 2014 it decreased by 12.6% (EUR 20.5 mln).

In 2014, social protection expenditure accounted for 14.2% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which is 0.2 percentage points less than in 2013 (14.4% of the GDP). In 2013 social protection expenditure in Estonia amounted to 15.1% of the GDP, in Lithuania -for 15.4% of the GDP.

Every year the European Statistics System compiles and publishes harmonised data regarding expenditure on social protection in compliance with the ESSPROS (European System of Integrated Social Protection Statistics) methodology developed by the Statistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat). In Latvia the compilation of data on social protection in accordance with the ESSPROS was started in 2004.

 Data on social protection expenditure are available in the CSB database section Social Security.

 

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