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Campaign checks how it is to be a Polish pensioner
June 30, 2014   
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Rafal Betlejewski
Rafal Betlejewski, Polish performer, paratheatrical artist, creator of various social actions will assume, as of July 1, a role of a Polish pensioner for a month to find out whether it is possible to survive on an average Polish pension that equals PLN 1,600 gross a month.

The aim of the action, part of a campaign run by Senior Economicus Foundation, is to draw public attention to the problem of the dramatic financial situation of over 9 million Poles and encourage a dialog seeking ways to resolve it.

The campaign poses a few key questions that need to be addressed: how can you live on PLN 1,600 gross for a month if you don’t have family that can support you, what will happen to future Polish pensioners who are now self-employed and pay minimum premiums to State Social Insurance. The campaign organizers say that in a few years the country faces a whole army of very poor pensioners.

The way a pension is calculated shows that the future pensioners may end up 20-30% o the wage or 50% of the minimum wage.
There is still lack of thorough information in the Polish media on the pension system, the campaign organizers say. They want to highlight the seriousness of the problem to the present and future Polish pensioners.

Betlejewski will live like an average Polish pensioner for a month. He wants to check whether an average pension is enough to pay all the bills, buy all the medications and pay for all the necessary repairs.
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