On minimum subsistence level

The Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated 16 November, 1999 No. 474-I

Unofficial translation

      This Law establishes the legal basis for the definition and use of a minimum subsistence level in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Article 1. Minimum subsistence level

      1. Minimum subsistence level – a necessary minimum cash income per person equal in value to the minimum consumer basket.
      2. Minimum subsistence level is calculated by the authorized body in the field of statistics and the authorized state body for social protection of the population based on the cost of the minimum food basket, increased by a fixed share of the costs on the minimum necessary non-food goods and services.
      3. Minimum subsistence level is calculated quarterly in the republic and by regions in average:
      1) per capita;
      2) by sex and age groups.
      Footnote. Article 1, as amended by the Laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated 15.12.2005 No. 101 (shall be enforced from 01.01.2006); dated 19.03.2010 No. 258-IV.

Article 2. Minimum consumer basket

      1. Minimum consumer basket is the minimum set of food, goods and services required for human life, in kind and in value terms.
      2. Minimum consumer basket consists of:
      1) food basket;
      2) fixed share of the costs on non-food goods and services.
      3. Consumer basket is calculated by the authorized body in the field of statistics for science-based physiological standards of food consumption, approved by the authorized body in the field of health care.
      4. Fixed share of the costs on non-food goods and services is established by the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan in relation to the cost of the minimum consumer basket.
      Footnote. Article 2, as amended by the Laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated 15.12.2005 No. 101 (shall be enforced from 01.01.2006); dated 19.03.2010 No. 258-IV.

Article 3. Setting of the minimum subsistence level

      The minimum subsistence level is designated for annual:
      1) assess of the level of life and the definition of the poverty line;
      2) identification of areas of social policy and implementation of measures for social support of the population;
      3) substantiation of the established minimum monthly wage, minimum pension and basic social benefits.
      Footnote. Article 3, as amended by Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated 15.12.2005 No. 101 (shall be enforced from 01.01.2006).

Article 4. Poverty line

      1. Poverty line – a boundary of income, required to meet minimum needs of the person that is installed in the republic, depending on the economic opportunities.
      2. Poverty line is based on the subsistence minimum level. It is calculated on a quarterly basis across the republic, as well as at the regional level in the order, established by the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
      3. Poverty line serves as a criterion for rendering social assistance to financially disadvantaged citizens.
      Footnote. Article 4, as amended by Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated 15.12.2005 No. 101 (shall be enforced from 01.01.2006).

Article 5. Application of the minimum subsistence level in establishing the minimum monthly wages, the minimum pension and basic social payments

      The minimum subsistence level, defined in the whole Republic of Kazakhstan and established annually adjusted for inflation by the law on the republican budget for the relevant financial year, shall be the basis for establishing the minimum monthly wage, minimum pension and basic social benefits.
      Footnote. Article 5 is in the wording of the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated 15.12.2005 No. 101 (shall be enforced from 01.01.2006).

Article 6. Publication of information on the minimum subsistence level

      Information on the minimum subsistence level in the whole Republic of Kazakhstan to the average per capita by major age and sex groups, poverty line, the cost of the food basket and the share of the population below these criteria subject to officially published in the media by the authorized body in the field of statistics.
      Footnote. Article 6, as amended by the Laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated 15.12.2005 No. 101 (shall be enforced from 01.01.2006); dated 19.03.2010 No. 258-IV.

Article 7. Enactment of this Law

      This Law shall enter into force from 1 January 2000.

      The President
      of the Republic of Kazakhstan