Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki: Our social policy is based on credibility

We do not have to defend our social policy, we do not have to defend the huge work done by Deputy Prime Minister Beata Szydło and the head of the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy Elżbieta Rafalska, because it defends itself, said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki during the debate on the motion of no confidence for Deputy Prime Minister Beata Szydło and the head of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy. The Sejm rejected both applications.


Widok na salę sejmową i przemawiającego premiera Mateusz Morawieckiego. 1 of 9
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To demonstrate the conditions the PiS government found the social policy in, the head of the government referred to the report of the Supreme Audit Office of July 2015 on family policy in which its authors pointed out that it is uncoordinated and that it lacks fundamental assumptions for long-term implementation.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki emphasized that the social policy of the PiS government is characterized by credibility - announcing actions and implementing them. As examples, he added, among others, the programmes: Family 500+, Medicines 75+ and Toddler +. The President of the Council of Ministers also pointed out that in previous years mainly residents of cities, not rural areas, benefited from pro-family policy. We will certainly not continue this policy, he declared.

Family 500+

Referring to the Family 500+ programme, the head of government remarked that this flagship PiS project changed the face of Poland and the lives of Poles. He added that it is not only a pro-family social programme, but it is also a prodemographic programme. In this context, he drew attention to the data of the Central Statistical Office which in 2014 forecasted that 346,000 children will be born in 2017. Nearly 60,000 more were born - this is a great prodemographic success of this programme as well. It is very much needed by Poles and it is the foundation of our policy for the future, said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

Medicines 75+

As part of social policy, the government focused on the development of various senior citizens - oriented programmes - stated the head of government during his speech. He noted that this is not only a programme of free medicine and homes for seniors or lowering the retirement age, but also the highest valorisation of pensions.

Toddler +

Regarding social programmes, the prime minister also reminded about the Toddler + programme, that is, increasing spending on nurseries and care facilities, which translated into an increase in the number of places in nurseries by 25,000.

Flat+

This is a grand civilization programme, the first steps of which have already been taken, said the head of the government. He added that the pilot of the Flat+ programme went against what the opposition had been saying over the past 12 months, we will hand over more apartments in the next few months.

This is the basic difference, it is Poland of power versus Poland of powerlessness, said the Prime Minister.

Good start

What we say, we do, credibility through actions, said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki during the speech in the Sejm referring to the Good start programme. Already this year, a one-off benefit of PLN 300 will be paid per each child in school.

Maternal pension

The head of the government stressed that social programmes implemented by the PiS government are multi-faceted. At the start of the new year, the so-called Maternal pension will be launched. It will include women who have raised at least four children.

Improving the situation of people with disabilities

In the last 2.5 years, the government has increased the social pension by almost 50 percent - the Prime Minister said. He added at the same time that the current government is trying to provide better state support for people with disabilities. An example of this is the act on rehabilitation benefit and activities that will soon be taken to improve the situation of people with disabilities. In June, with Minister Rafalska and Deputy Prime Minister Szydło, we will sit a round table and improve this system further for the benefit of people with disabilities, declared the head of the government. He added that in his opinion the vast majority of people with disabilities understood this and sit with us at the round table.

In summary, the Chairman of the Council of Ministers also referred to the improvement of tax collection which brought in PLN 40 billion. We have sealed taxes and donated them for social purposes, he said.

"We showed that social issues, helping people is an investment and this investment in a human is very profitable. We will continue this policy, we will not stray from this path," said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, concluding his speech in the Sejm.


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