We are not planning any changes in terms of increasing the amount of the 500-plus benefit, said the Minister of Family and Social Policy, Marlena Maląg, on Radio Wrocław. The head of the ministry also informed that work on the act on the employment of disabled people was underway.
Minister Marlena Maląg said that “the 500 plus program will be in the form that is being continued”. – So a universal benefit, PLN 500 for each child, and here we are not planning any changes in this regard. So far, over PLN 150 billion has gone to Polish families – she explained.
Asked whether this amount will definitely not be raised, she replied: “Here we need to look more broadly, primarily at the support for the families we donate and at the situation in which we are due to the coronavirus pandemic.”
– In fact, the 500 plus benefit, but also other social programs, those for seniors, have become anti-crisis shields. As for the 500 plus, we intend to leave it as it is, but we intend to successively introduce instruments that are more pro-natalist, which, above all, will allow us to get out of this demographic trap in which we are – added Maląg.
Act on employment of disabled people
The minister also referred to the announced act on the employment of disabled people – In February, the government adopted a strategy for disabled people, just prepared by the minister (Paweł – editor) Wdówik, and it is a plan for the next implementation of measures. Work is underway on the act, both the one that the minister announced, but also the act related to the assessment of disability – she said.
She added that “this law is a very difficult one, it will also require extensive social consultations”.
– Because it must be well discussed with the disabled people community, also with employers, so these works are at the stage of departmental and inter-departmental works. I think that we will be able to show the act and consult it socially in the fourth quarter of this year – she said.
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