Family 500+ programme
Currently, there are 3.62 million children benefiting from
500+ programme, the first family support programme since the political system transformation. It is a tax-exempt benefit in the amount of PLN 6 thousand a year paid for the second and every next child, and in the case of lower income households – also for the first child. Since the launching of the programme, that is since 1 April 2016, Polish families have received almost PLN 68 billion. The summary of the three years of
500+ programme’s functioning was presented to the Social Committee by Stanisław Szwed, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy.
The effects of three years of the programme’s functioning
The programme did not only increase the birth rate, but it also proved to be a great tool for fighting poverty among children. It improved the financial situation of families, thanks to which parents invest more willingly and invest more in their children’s education.
The birth rate increased from 1.29 in 2015 to 1.45 in 2017. This is the highest level in over two decades. Significantly, it is happening at the moment of systematic decrease of the number of women in child-bearing age.
In the years 2015–2017, extreme poverty among children decreased almost by a half. The risk of poverty or social exclusion among children in Poland decreased more quickly than in any other European Union country.
500+ for every child
Good condition of the budget and higher budget revenues made it possible to cover all children up to the age of 18 with the Family 500+ programme. Family 500+ programme is to be launched in its new version form 1 July 2019. From the estimates of the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy it results that the support will reach a total of 6.8 million children, also those in care and educational institutions.