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Written by SOT.COM.AL 12 Janar 2022
The pension allocation scheme changes. Currently, most of the elderly receive their pension manually at the counters of the Albanian Post, but the government plans to move towards banking transactions. This means that both pensions and financial assistance are intended to be transferred directly to a bank account. The plan is that by 2023, about 70 percent of citizens will use bank accounts. The main objective of the National Strategy for Low Value Payments is to promote the frequent use of modern payment instruments throughout the country, with the aim of achieving 10 non-cash payments per person by the end of 2023 and therefore aims to draft and implement relevant legislation. According to the draft, a draft law "on the payment account" was completed by the Bank of Albania in 2021, which aims to achieve a scale of payment volumes by defining the criteria for using a "basic account" which has no cost, or a low cost for the holder. According to Scan, as such, it will help, beyond other market segments, the government to use "base account" products to expand its payments, including pensions and unemployment benefits. In this way, the preconditions are created to financially include the population receiving social security payments, pensioners and students, calculating that they will not face costs in the "basic account". At this point, The main recommendation of the report on the digitalization of government payments is for the Social Insurance Institute to migrate all payments for pensions and other social payments from cash payments to electronic transfers to beneficiaries' accounts, where the accounts have low costs. or no costs to retirees (similar to payroll accounts, or base account). It is also recommended that social assistance programs involving the periodic distribution of money to beneficiaries be carried out through beneficiaries' bank accounts or through other payment system products rather than cash as currently distributed. Both of these recommendations are expected to be implemented through the implementation of the law on payment services.
This year the government has planned to increase pensions, which will take place in April. According to the budget plan, in April there will be a 2.5% indexation of pensions and it will continue at the same pace for another two years. Specifically, in 2021, the contingency fund, which shows an increase in pensions based on pensioners' expenses, will reach the value of ALL 2,500 million. Under these conditions, the government indicates that it will give priority to improving the income of pensioners in the medium term 2021-2023, by improving the benefit scheme. "For 2021, 2.4 billion ALL have been determined for the pension scheme, where there will be indexation of pensions throughout the year. Increasing the level of pensioners' benefits according to the increase of the price index of consumer goods and services, defined in the pensioners basket. The increase is calculated with the average index 2.5% per year, starting in the period 01.04 of each year, thus respecting the contingency funds. Contingency funds by years are; The year 2021 will contain as a fund 2,500 million ALL; Year 2022 -3,000 million ALL Year 2023 -3,120 million ALL ”, is defined in the draft law. In this plan it is determined that in 2021 in the pension scheme will be included another 16 thousand citizens, with an additional fund of 13 billion ALL. defined in the draft law. In this plan it is determined that in 2021 in the pension scheme will be included another 16 thousand citizens, with an additional fund of 13 billion ALL. defined in the draft law. In this plan it is determined that in 2021 in the pension scheme will be included another 16 thousand citizens, with an additional fund of 13 billion ALL.