"We have written this programme together"
The shape of the "Family500 +" programme is also the result of the involvement of citizens who participated in public consultations.
It is a project written by Polish citizens. Every e-mail, every comment is a separate story of a family. Together we have written a project that is groundbreaking and provides genuine support to families, - said Prime Minister Beata Szydło.
Family 500+ - main principles
On Monday the bill was submitted for further parliamentary work. The Prime Minister explained the main principles of the "Family500+" programme.
- the planned date of entry into force is 1 April2016.
- all other benefits addressed to families who are in a difficult financial situation wil remain unchanged. 500PLN for a child is a parental benefit, not social support.
- 500PLN is an amount that will not be included into income.
- the income threshold will be valid only for the first child. The threshold is 800PLN and 1200PLN in the case of families with a disabled child.
- the benefit will be in effect until the child reaches the age of 18. The determination of the upper age limit of the child allows for the payment of the benefit to a larger number of families.
- the application for the benefit may be submitted to the local authority or another body designated by the government
- applications may be submitted from 1 April. In the following years from 1 August, as the so-called accounting year will run from 1 October to 30 September.
- it will be possible to monitor the spending of the funds. In the case of fraud, if the money is not spent properly, it will be submitted to the institutions that are directly involved in childcare eg. kindergartens or schools.
- the so-called patchwork families and foster families will be entitled to the funds.
The Family500+ programme is the first step
Prime Minister Beata Szydło declared that the "Family500+" programme is the first step to a systemic pro-family programme. The next step will be a significant housing programme.
The family support programme is also part of a large development project, which will soon be presented.