Caregivers of disabled adults join in protest against low care benefits
March 28, 2014
Caregivers of disabled adults staged their protest outside the Polish Parliament building on Thursday calling for higher care benefits, following in the footsteps of parents of disabled children who continue a sit-in protest in parliament for the tenth day now.
The protesters said they would remain outside the Sejm lowe house buiding as long as it is necessary after their talks with Labor Minister Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz had not brought desired results.
On Tuesday the Polish government decided, after a weekly cabinet sitting, that it would shift some PLN 180 million from the local roads fund this year to finance a caregiver's allowance hike.
Earlier, Polish PM Donald Tusk said that the government would raise care benefits for parents staying at home to take care of disabled children to PLN 1,000 net as of May, PLN 1,200 as of 2015 and to the amount of the minimum wage (about PLN 1,300), as of 2016.
However, protesting families vowed to continue their protest in parliament as they are not satisfied with government’s proposals and demand an immediate rise of care benefits to the level of the minimum wage.
Next year's costs of allowances are estimated at PLN 865 million and 2016 costs - at over PLN 1 billion.