Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on the benefits of the “Good Start” programme

According to our promise, today we are implementing the very good and necessary programme for families as part of our family-oriented policy – said the Head of the Government at the Tuesday “Good Start – PLN 300 for the student” conference.


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Photo: Krystian Maj / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

The Programme which I signed on 1 June, consists in providing each primary and secondary school student with the net amount of PLN 300, regardless of the income criterion and no matter if this is the first or second child – said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. He also stressed that this was the programme to help Polish families in the difficult time at the beginning of the schoolyear. The Prime Minister added that the programme would be implemented in parallel to other programmes related to the beginning of the schoolyear, such as free textbooks.

 

The Head of the Government stressed that it was a very important programme to support families as it constituted another element of strengthening the family-oriented policy pursued by the Government. The talks with the Poles we are conducting now in many parts of the country show their great joy and satisfaction that the Law and Justice Government manages the public finance of the country in such a way so that it is possible to implement the “Good Start” programme – noted Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

Good Start Programme

It consists in paying PLN 300 of one-off support for all students starting their schoolyear. Support may be received by 4.6 million students, regardless of family income. The cost of implementing the benefit is estimated at about PLN 1.4 billion a year.

The “Good Start” benefit is granted once a year for children under 20 starting their schoolyear. Disabled children attending school will receive it until they are 24.

In order to receive the benefit, an application must be submitted. This can be done by a parent, legal or actual guardian of the child and in the case of children in foster care – by a foster parent, person managing a family children’s home or a head of an educational care facility.

Applications for the benefit will be received and processed by city/municipality offices, social welfare centres or any other organisational unit (e.g. benefit centres) in charge of the place of residence of a parent applying for the benefit for their child (in the case of poviats, the benefits will be implemented by poviat family support centres).

It will be possible to start submitting applications from 1 July 2018, online, via the website of the Ministry of Family, empatia.mrpips.gov.pl and via electronic banking, and from 1 August 2018 also in a traditional manner (on paper). Applications must be submitted by 30 November 2018.

In the case of applications submitted in July and August, families will receive the benefit not later than on 30 September 2018. In the case of applications submitted in subsequent months, municipalities will have up to 2 months from the day of submitting the application to process it and pay the benefit.


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