Polish Ombudsman wants disabled community and gov't to agree amid protest
PR dla Zagranicy
Poland's Human Rights Ombudsman said on Tuesday that he hopes the parents of disabled adults come to an agreement with the government amid an ongoing protest over benefits.
Protesters in Polish parliament. Photo: PAP/Tomasz Gzell
Ombudsman Adam Bodnar said that welfare for people with disabilities in Poland should be better suited to meet their varying needs. He highlighted that a hearing impaired person required different care than someone with limited mobility.
A number of parents who care for their adult disabled children have been protesting in the Polish parliament building for two weeks.
The protesters have been demanding that disability payouts be raised to equal the minimum monthly unemployment benefit in Poland, which stands at around PLN 1,000 (EUR 240), and for an extra handout of PLN 500 per month for disabled adults who cannot care for themselves.
The government has so far pledged to meet their first demand and offered a slew of additional measures to help people with disabilities, such as shorter waiting lists for specialist care and no queues at pharmacies.
But protesters vowed to continue their sit-in until all their demands were met. (vb)