Parents with disabled children protest against too low benefits
March 21, 2014
Some 20 parents with disabled children occupied the Sejm lower house of the Polish parliament for the second day on Thursday demanding that the government “will stick to its promise and raise disability benefits”.
They want their round-the-clock care of their children to be treated as a full-time profession, with remuneration equal to the country’s minimum wage.
Adam Szejnfeld, MP of the ruling Civic Platform (PO), who met with the protesters, said that the government had kept its promise and the disability benefits had been raised by PLN 200. He was referring to a governmental program ending in March under which carers of disabled children receive additional money.
“We have a lot of understanding for your needs that’s why these benefits will grow”, Szejnfeld told the protesters.
However, the protesters demanded meeting with Prime Minister Donald Tusk and said they would not leave the Sejm building until they have written guarantees from the government.