Parents with disabled children continue to occupy Polish parliament
March 25, 2014
Parents with disabled children decided to continue their protests in the Sejm lower house of the Polish parliament for the sixth day on Monday, as they are not satisfied with the government’s proposal for raising care benefits.
On Saturday Polish Prime Minister met with the protesters and said that the government will increase care benefits for parents staying at home to take care of disabled children to PLN 1000 starting May 2014 from the current PLN 820.
Tusk promised further increases in 2015 and 2016, but parents were not satisfied and demanded immediate raise to the amount of minimum wage of PLN 1,680 as they want their round-the-clock care of their children to be treated as a full-time profession, with appropriate remuneration.
On Sunday the protesters wrote a letter to First Lady Anna Komorowska: "We are waiting for you - you are our only hope," it said, the Polish radio reported. However, Komorowska said that although she had a lot of empathy for the parents the issue must be resolved by relevant ministries.
According to the government state expenditure on families with disabled members had increased from PLN 500 million in 2007 to PLN 1.7 billion in 2013.