Opposition LMP is starting a petition for a “fairer pension increase that exceeds the rate of inflation”, the party’s co-chair Erzsébet Schmuck said at on online press conference on Saturday.
Schmuck said a significant share of Hungarian pensioners had become “impoverished” because of the policies of governing Fidesz, adding that last year alone 72,000 pensioners had “slipped into the poverty line”.
She said that 600,000 Hungarian pensioners get less than 100,000 forints (EUR 278) a month, and the minimum monthly pension is still 28,500 forints.
She said the government’s policy of pegging pension increases to the inflation rate is “trickery”, alleging they intentionally underestimate price increases and make a correction only at the end of the year.
Schmuck said it was “a disgrace” that the government uses money to which pensioners have a legal right “for free” for the whole year.
She suggested that a solution to managing the “further impoverishment” of pensioners would be to raise the lowest pensions to a greater degree.
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