Following President Putin’s address to the nation on COVID-19 prevention measures and support for the citizens, St. Petersburg Governor Alexander Beglov told about the support measures to be implemented by the government of St. Petersburg.
‘Today, the President said what everybody was waiting for, that in hard times the life and health of the citizens remain the main priority for the state’, the Governor said.
‘We will be working ahead of the situation’, he promised. ‘People are concerned about possible loss of job and want to know what support they can expect. At present, the unemployment rate in St. Petersburg remains at a very low level of 1.5%. Job search services in our city can be provided in a distant regime, via multifunctional centers as well, which is important during the epidemic’.
‘The measures suggested by the President guarantee support for all those employed in small and microbusinesses’, Alexander Beglov continued.
He told that the St. Petersburg authorities are considering introducing additional payments for those receiving unemployment benefits. Over 61 thousand families with children under three are entitled to additional benefits.
‘We have already decided that we will extend subsidies for housing and communal services for six months in St. Petersburg automatically. City residents can apply for the subsidies distantly via the federal and municipal services portal in St. Petersburg’, he said.