Summary of “Family 500+” programme and changes in the government programme

Summary of the Family 500+ programme and changes thereto were the main topics of the conference of Prime Minister Beata Szydło and Minister of Family, Labour and Social Policy Elżbieta Rafalska.

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Support for Polish families is the priority for the government

At the conference summarising the review of family support systems, Prime Minister Beata Szydło emphasized that the Family 500+ programme generates the expected and assumed results. The status of Polish families has improved significantly, poverty among children was reduced, the programme offers real financial support to families and is dedicated to those who really need such help, but also generates the results we have mentioned, i.e. an increased fertility rate in Poland, declared the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Beata Szydło stated that support for Polish families was the priority of the government. She added that it was the best investment for the future – investment in children, investment in family, which already generates good results for Poland. The effects will be even more pronounced in the future and will show that the government has taken the right line of action.

The Prime Minister stressed that the government allocated the highest amount of funds for the family support policy. Family is our priority and we combine the family policy with the development policy. This generates very good results and we will continue the projects implementing the policy aimed at development, which is compliant with the Responsible Development Plan, on the one hand, and we will support Polish families, on the other hand, stressed the Prime Minister.

Funds for the Family 500+ programme are secured

Minister Elżbieta Rafalska presented the information on the implementation of the family support policy over the last months, highlighting the areas which require strengthening. The funds for the Family 500+ programme are and will be secured in the sufficient amount. One in two children in Poland benefits from 500+, since the programme covers 55% of Polish children aged up to 18, ensured the Minister.

Fundamental principles of the Family 500+ programme will remain unchanged

The Minister of Family, Labour and Social Policy emphasized that the fundamental principles of the programme would remain unchanged, i.e. the benefit of PLN 500 will still be granted for the second child and for subsequent children, without the income criterion, until the children are 18. The changes will be aimed at facilitating the process of submitting the applications by families. The Minister declared that the system will be tightened up.

For example, the method of determining the income from economic activity subject to flat rate taxation will be further specified to eliminate the cases where such income is understated to fulfil the income criterion for the first child.

The provisions concerning the granting of the child-support benefit for children in alternating custody of parents who are divorced, live separately or are separated will also be made more specific. The provisions regulating the loss and generation of income will be amended as well. The Ministry also plans to introduce IT solutions allowing gminas to determine whether the declarations on living in Poland are accurate.

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