TALLINN – The Estonian Social Insurance Board paid out over 639 million euros in pensions, disability allowances and family allowances in the second quarter of 2019.
A total of 481 million euros was paid out in pensions to over 343,600 pensioners, while family allowances totaled over 141.6 million euros and recipients numbered more than 162,300. Disability related social benefits totaled 15.1 million euros, paid out to some 158,000 people, the Social Insurance Board said on Tuesday.
In terms of total payouts, Harju county topped the list with over 263 million euros, followed by East-Viru county with more than 72.3 million euros and Tartu country with close to 69.9 million euros. The smallest sum total of payouts was registered in the island county of Hiiumaa, where payouts totaled slightly under 4.6 million euros.
Pensions increased substantially in the second quarter due to the annual indexation carried out in April. As a result, the sum total paid out in pensions per month was bigger by 12 million euros on average in the second quarter than in the first quarter of the year.
Recipients of pensions numbered 343,622 in the second quarter, 2,701 less than in the first quarter of the year.
The reduction in the number of pension recipients mainly results from a smaller number of recipients of the work incapacity pension, said Kati Kumnik, head of the department of allowances at the Social Insurance Board.
"This category of pension is no longer assigned and people with a reduced work capacity get an allowance via the Unemployment Insurance Fund," she said.
During the first six months of the year, the Social Insurance Board disbursed altogether some 1.25 billion euros. That included over 926.6 million euros paid out in pensions to 345,116 individuals, over 282.2 million euros paid out in family allowances to nearly 162,000 individuals, over 32.5 million euros paid out in social benefits to 158,330 persons with a disability and slightly over 5.4 million euros paid out under other minor items.