Social Committee of the Council of Ministers meeting summary

Since the beginning of our work in the government we have focused on a stable and safe future of Polish families. This is our goal, a matter of national interest, which, in an era of demographic and social challenges, we are going to constantly develop said Deputy Prime Minister Beata Szydło.

Family 500+ for every child

The introduction of the 500 plus programme for every child constitutes one of the solutions proposed under ‘Law and Justice’s New Five’. Starting from 1 July, all families with at least one child will be entitled to receive this benefit, regardless of their level of income.

The benefit will also be available for children staying in childcare facilities. Moreover, families to which a child was born will have three months to apply, and not one month, as it has been so far. Around 6.8 million children will benefit from the revised ‘Family 500+’ programme. “The ‘Family 500+’ programme has changed our reality. We have efficiently reduced poverty and destitution. The fact that Polish families are able to live with dignity is a reason to be proud for all of us said Deputy Prime Minister Beata Szydło.

The thirteenth pension

An additional support in the form of the “thirteenth pension” is a single payment that will be made to all pensioners. It will be paid in May 2019, in the amount of PLN 1,100 gross – i.e. in the amount of the lowest pension. 9.74 million people will benefit from the programme, without having to apply. 

The thirteenth pension will support pensioners, especially those in a difficult situation. The purpose of this one-off financial benefit is, in addition to supporting pensioners, lowering income inequality in the society.   We are implementing a comprehensive social policy, aiming at making the opportunities of people from different generations more equal. By extending the Family 500+ programme and introducing the Pension+ benefit, we continue on the road to improve the living standards of the Polish people said Elżbieta Rafalska, the Minister of Family, Labour and Social Policy.

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