Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki: Our policy is pro-family, prosocial, pro-solidarity

Our policy is pro-family, prosocial, pro-solidarity We want to meet and talk with people. We listen to their needs in order to be able to best recognize the problems of local communities. If we get a chance to continue our policy, we will build a model solidarity state - underlined Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki at today's meetings with the inhabitants of Węgrów in the Mazovia Province and Łukowa in Lublin Province.

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Photo: W. Kompała / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

Pro-family, prosocial, pro-solidarity policy

We take the problems of disabled people very seriously and we will try to find the best solutions. This is something extremely important from the point of view of the whole society. Not on an ad hoc basis, but for long, long years to come - said the Prime Minister.

He remarked that the government of Law and Justice from the very beginning expressed concern about people with disabilities and in the first two years allocated PLN 1 billion 100 million more to people with disabilities than its predecessors. As the head of government stressed, this is an unprecedented rise in public expenditures. These needs have to be met in the perspective of system solutions for different groups of people with disabilities.

The state's concern must span many dimensions. We want to raise the social pension to the level of the minimum pension. This is a cost of approximately PLN 600 million. The social expenditures we have proposed are historically high. We will raise expenditures for those most disadvantaged by fate which is why I proposed a solidarity tribute - emphasized the prime minister.

Should the solidarity tribute be felt in any way, it will only be for those in the 0,5 percent group of the highest earning citizens. The minister of finance will attempt within the next 14 days to develop proposals that we will then consult. In order for our society to be the most just.

We have changed the model of socio-economic life in order to ensure that in our society the chances of development are more even and thus more just, for entrepreneurs and employees, women and men, the elderly and the young - said the prime minister.

We do not sell out companies, we put more aside for investments, tax the weakest as little as possible and, at the same time, we want everyone to pay their taxes honestly. This is a model that will pay off very positively in the next 5, 10, 15 years - said the head of government.

Layette for children starting school

The moment of entry into the school period is a considerable burden for the family budget. This proposal is meant to increase the chances of small towns such as Węgrów. When we look at the mechanisms of distribution of funds, it turns out they are disproportionately used by such districts and communes as the one in which I am today. We want to continue this policy - assured the head of government.

And added that the implementation of measures that support the needy is possible thanks to financial inflows to the budget achieved by the government thanks to an effective battle against tax offenders.

The Accessibility+ Programme

Speaking about the new proposals of the Law and Justice government, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki mentioned the Accessibility+ Programme, stressing that it contains numerous proposals addressed, among others, to people with disabilities.

A week ago, we have proposed a vast, unprecedented Accessibility+ Programme for the elderly, the disabled, the challenged. The programme is meant to increase the accessibility of public services, to enable people with different degrees of disability to navigate their environment. This program is of great importance to us - said the head of government.

It also contains maternal pensions. We want Poland to develop rather than devolve. This is what the Family 500+ Programme is for and this is why women who gave birth to four children or more, who did not manage to return to the labour market and earn at least a minimum pension, must receive this minimum pension from the state. It is a part of the broadly understood support system, pro-family and pro-people policy - he stressed.

Local roads construction programme

There is a need for larger budgets, especially for local, municipal and township roads, in townships such as Węgrów. Our predecessors spent around PLN 800 million a year on local roads and usually - not exclusively - distributed them to richer municipalities and townships. Our policy will be reversed from the point of view of distribution. We want to direct more funds towards municipalities and townships which were financially challenged and which did not meet the criteria - the prime minister continued.

We allocate several times more funds for roads than our predecessors. For the whole of society, and especially for these tens of millions of people in various municipalities and townships, we will allocate several billion for contracting renovation and construction of local, municipal and township roads, this year - announced the head of government.

Lesser burdens for small businesses

We are lowering the CIT tax. We propose lesser burdens for small business, a proportionate contribution to Social Security (ZUS) in relation to revenues - said the prime minister.

We are striving to transform our economic and social reality, so that those who are just starting to spread their wings in the economy may also have a chance. Therefore, for the first time ever, we also wish to fulfil the postulate that for decades has been directed to the Polish state by associations of small entrepreneurs, small employers: that is the so-called proposal for small business - said the head of government.

He also recalled the announcement of CIT reduction, from 15 percent to 9 percent, but only for small businesses, so that the micro-entrepreneur could have a really low tax rate and could compete better with the large businesses – stressed the prime minister.

I want companies that run business in Poland to pay taxes in Poland. More Polish capital in the Polish economy - that's what we want - he said. Our predecessors - he pointed out - pursued a policy that was de facto preferential for large companies, with difficult burdens imposed on small businesses. Our policy is the opposite - said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

Higher expenditures on healthcare

We strive to develop the best solutions for patients. We strive to achieve 6 percent GDP. Currently, expenditures on healthcare are at 4.6 percent. GDP. We strive to develop the best solutions for patients, for people, to increase access to specialists and to shorten the queues. We want more and more medicines to be on the list of reimbursed medicines - assured the prime minister.

He also stressed that during the last 15-20 years 30.000 doctors have left Poland.

Security - a government priority

We are reinstating the liquidated police stations, we have signed a contract for the purchase of the Patriot missile defence system and spend PLN 10 billion more on defence than our predecessors - enumerated the head of government recalling the number of stations closed during the PO-PSL (Civil Platform - Polish People’s Party) coalition government.

Poland was weakened in this way. I cannot comprehend how that could come to pass. Minister Błaszczak in his previous role and currently Minister Brudzinski, with all their determination, have been rebuilding several dozen police stations year after year, modernizing the police force and striving to bring the safety closer to the citizen so that the police community support officer and their co-workers are present among people as often as possible - said the prime minister.

We are already allocating 10 billion PLN more today than our predecessors had a few years ago, to the armed forces, the Polish Army, the new formation that is the Territorial Defense Forces, and for military equipment that I recently had the opportunity to see in Orzysz - declared the prime minister.

We, as a political camp, feel that we should improve the lives of citizens in many areas - increase safety, improve comfort on the roads, the health care, the welfare of the disabled, the elderly, and at the same time take care of demographic balance, provide for families - including by means of the Family 500+ Programme, take care of education - providing layettes, through a good start - and all those ends are served by this programme which I presented a week ago and which we are now extending to residents - explained prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

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