Poland plans minor tweaks to its flagship family support program
April 5, 2017
Labor Minister Elzbieta Rafalska
The Polish government will maintain the principle criteria of its child subsidy program 500 plus but is planning some changes aimed at tightening the system, along with tweaks to other family benefits, Labor Minister Elzbieta Rafalska told a news conference.
"The fundamentals of the program remain unchanged - the benefit is universal as of the second child and the income criteria remain the same," Rafalska said.
Tweaks planned are aimed at "tightening the system" as the government wants to eliminate some irregularities regarding, for instance, the income criteria.
The government had vowed to review the program after one year of its functioning.
Commenting on other family benefits, Rafalska said the government is considering abolishing the "zloty per zloty" mechanism according to which if family income exceeds the income criteria by PLN 1, the given benefit is reduced by PLN 1 instead of being cancelled altogether.
The government paid out PLN 21.0 billion in the frame of the 'PLN 500+' program from its launch in April 2016 to end-February 2017, Family and Labor Ministry said in a statement at end-March.