Accuracy check: Changes and new beneficiaries for the 250 euros

A countdown has begun for the payment of the “accuracy check” of 250 euros. Changes as well as new beneficiaries were announced by the Minister of Labor, Kostis Hatzidakis.
Almost two months separate the beneficiaries from the punctuality check, the emergency allowance announced by the government for the days of the Christmas holidays. AADE will directly extract the financial data, “check” who the beneficiaries are and then give the payment order.
Window for changes and new beneficiaries
Kostis Hatzidakis talked about improvements in the accuracy check, speaking to ANT1. The Minister of Labor spoke of “improvements to include citizens who are unfairly left out of the measure”.
Regarding whether some distortions that have arisen regarding the accuracy check will be corrected, he said that the Ministry of Labor will discuss it with the Ministry of Finance to see what leeway there is and how it can deal with it. “There are cases which perhaps no one can imagine exist, because various such elements are combined.”
The example he mentioned is typical: “A couple of pensioners where one member receives 700 euros and the other 800 euros are excluded from the measure”.
Who are the beneficiaries?
Beneficiary groups are the low pensioners, the uninsured elderly, the beneficiaries of the minimum guaranteed income, the extra portion of the child benefit and the disabled.
Some of the beneficiaries, such as low-income pensioners, belong to EFKA and others, such as beneficiaries of the Minimum Guaranteed Income, belong to OPECA.
The exact check of 250 euros will be paid to 1,194,806 pensioners between 15 and 20 December 2022 and will be followed by the payment of the January 2023 pensions which will be paid between 20 and 23 December 2022. Just like last year the January 2023 pensions will be paid before the Christmas holidays.
Beneficiaries are the following categories:
1 million pensioners (up from 634,000 last year), with annual individual taxable income up to 9,600 euros (up from 7,200), annual family income up to 16,800 euros (up from 14,400) and real estate up to 300,000 euros (up from 200,000 euros),
35,000 uninsured senior citizens of OPECA,
225,000 beneficiaries of the Minimum Guaranteed Income who will receive a double installment in December,
172,000 disability allowance beneficiaries,
800,000 OPECA child benefit beneficiaries will receive a 50% increased benefit,
100,000 long-term unemployed from 12 to 24 months – based on the model implemented during the pandemic – who are not beneficiaries of the Minimum Guaranteed Income with an annual individual taxable income of up to €9,600 and an annual family taxable income of up to €16,800.
In total, the beneficiaries of the measure are 2.3 million citizens and the total cost amounts to 496 million euros, of which 250 million euros concern pensioners.

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