Polish gov’t approves plan for more child benefits
PR dla Zagranicy
The Polish government on Tuesday approved a plan to expand its flagship child benefit programme to include all families with children under 18 regardless of income.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. Photo: PAP/Leszek Szymański
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told a news conference in Warsaw that the “Family 500+” programme, which was launched on April 1, 2016, opened up new prospects for Polish families and encouraged them to have more children.
Morawiecki has previously said that the programme introduced by his governing conservatives three years ago is an investment in the nation’s future.
Social policy minister Elżbieta Rafalska told reporters last month that the “Family 500+” initiative was benefiting more than 3.6 million children nationwide.
Poland’s socially conservative Law and Justice government, which came to power in late 2015, aims to ease the burdens of child rearing by giving families with two or more children a handout of PLN 500 (EUR 116, USD 130) a month per child.
Poorer families receive the allowance even if they have just one child.
Under the plan approved by the Polish government on Tuesday, the “Family 500+” programme will now be expanded to include all single-child families regardless of income.
The new rules are set to come into force on July 1.
Source: PAP, TVP Info