The minimum subsistence level is increasing in Belarus from August 1. On average, it is going to amount to 256 rubles 1 kopeck per capita. This is 3.8 percent higher than the current level introduced on May 1. In connection with the increase, the minimum labor and social pensions, allowances for pensioners, benefits for caring for disabled persons or persons over 80 years old, as well as some benefits for families raising children will go up, too. Also in August, pensioners can look forward to receiving early pension payments. This is done to reduce social contacts and minimize travel.