Government increases support for low-income families and Bahraini retirees
TDT | Manama
The Daily Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com
A joint executive-legislative panel has agreed to increase the financial support for low-income families and Bahraini retirees.
Council of Representatives Speaker Fawzia bint Abdulla Zainal held yesterday a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, who is also Chairman of the Ministerial Committee for Financial and Economic Affairs and Fiscal Balance.
Ministers and members of the Representatives Council Bureau attended the meeting which was convened after the Cabinet, in its session yesterday, authorised the Deputy Prime Minister to take appropriate measures regarding a draft law related to amending some provisions on social insurance and support for low-income families.
The two sides agreed to amend the ninth article of the Social Security Law to increase the value of support for those entitled to it from the programme by 10%.
They also agreed to increase the support programme for low-income families by 10%, and pay an annual increase to retirees for those whose pensions do not exceed BD1,500 at a rate of 3% for the year 2021 and 3% for the year 2022.
Speaker Zainal said the interests of the nation and citizens represent a top priority for the legislative and executive branches of government to achieve the aspirations and visions of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
She hailed the efforts undertaken by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, to strengthen cooperation, overcome challenges, create opportunities through investment projects in line with the fiscal balance programme and the goals of the economic recovery plan.
The Speaker hailed fruitful cooperation between the Council of Representatives and the government to further national work and optimise achievements for the homeland and citizens.
HH Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla said that the government team’s participation in the coordination meeting followed the decision of the Cabinet authorising to take appropriate measures regarding a draft law related to amending some provisions related to social insurance and support for low-income families.