(ČIA) The Chamber of Deputies has approved an increase in pensions by CZK 300 in excess of the amount stipulated by the law. At the same time, the MPs agreed to increase pensions by CZK 500 for those who were raising children. Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Jana Maláčová (ČSSD) said the Senate would still fine-tune early pensions for, among others, firefighters and rescuers. According to estimates by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, pensions should increase by CZK 797 (by 5.2%) in 2022, taking into account the additional increase. The average pension should thus amount to approx. CZK 16,275 and reach approx. 43% of the average wage.