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Poverty-stricken anti-communist activists in line for benefits

PR dla Zagranicy
Nick Hodge 30.08.2013 11:40
As many as 230,000 former anti-communist activists could qualify for benefits under the terms of a bill being prepared by the Polish Senate.

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The figure is significantly higher than initial estimates made by the Senate, with the bill aiming solely to aid veterans who are currently in difficult financial circumstances.

The Senate initially calculated that about 10,000 to 20,000 former activists would qualify for the benefits.

However, Poland's upper house of parliament commissioned the Public Opinion Research Centre (CBOS) to research the matter.

Almost 800,000 Poles currently over the age of 40 declared that they had participated in Poland's anti-communist movement, and of these 230,000 could qualify for benefits.

The highest benefit would be a monthly sum of 800 zloty (185.5 euro).

Applicants will have to provide documentation of their political activities, if the bill is passed. (nh)

Source: Rzeczpospolita

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