PM appeals to keep new disability benefit free of politics

2019-07-17 12:52 update: 2019-07-18, 13:02
Mateusz Morawiecki. Fot. PAP/Marcin Obara
Mateusz Morawiecki. Fot. PAP/Marcin Obara
Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has appealed to Polish lawmakers not to make a debate on the new disability benefit part of a political dispute.

On Wednesday, the Sejm (lower house) debated a bill on a PLN 500 (EUR 117) monthly benefit for disabled adults, proposed by the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS).

"The '500 plus' for disabled people is a type of social support and political action that should be left outside of political conflict," Morawiecki said on Wednesday in the Sejm. "I am asking all of you to support this project," he added.  

The prime minister told the lawmakers the PiS government will try to allocate a higher pool of social spending funds to help the disabled in the coming years. He added this most disadvantaged group requires special care and support from the whole of society. In his opinion, the 500+ programme for the disabled is proof of the efficiency of the whole state.

Morawiecki also said that the government introduced a financial discipline that enabled the transfer of further resources to help the disabled, and in 2019 it will be more than PLN 20 bln (EUR 4.7 bln). The programme is expected to cover around 500,000 people, he added. (PAP)