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President of Russia Vladimir Putin gave a positive assessment of Vologda’s implementation of social contracts.
The president of Russia delivered the Address to the Federal Assembly on February 20th. The ceremony took place in Gostiny Dvor, Moscow. Federation Council members, State Duma deputies, members of the Government, leaders of the Constitutional Court and Supreme Court and regional governors attended the presentation of the Address.
Mr. Putin stressed that the state must help people. The experience of some Russian regions shows that it is possible to work effectively for this. He named such regions as Kaluga, Ulyanovsk, Tomsk, Vologda, and Nizhny Novgorod Regions. Their experience shows that social contracts can be a working mechanism of such support.
“The state helps people find jobs and improve their skills. The state provides financial resources to families to run a household farm or to start a small business. Let me emphasise that support programmes will be elaborated to meet the needs of every specific applicant. The allocation of these resources creates some obligations for recipients: they have to go through training, find a job in the given field and provide a steady income for their family and children. Mechanisms of this kind are in place around the world and are very effective. Social contracts can change the lives of those who really want to do it”, said the Russian President.
The first social contract was concluded in the Vologda Region in 2013. The contract is valid from 3 months to a year. During this time, the family can receive either a monthly cash benefit or a one-time payment for the entire period of the contract in parallel with the social adaptation program.
Mr. Putin instructed the Russian Government to assist the Russian regions which are actively implementing social contracts and co-finance them.