False promises of the PO-PSL coalition in social policy

1. Since 2006, the PO government has not changed the income threshold for welfare eligibility. Today it amounts to 351 PLN per person in a family. In contrast, the subsistence minimum is about 430 PLN per person. The inflation since 2006 has been 20%. For the first time in Poland, the subsistence minimum is higher than the threshold entitling to social assistance. This situation has resulted in 2 million families in Poland receiving undervalued social assistance benefits, and around 200,000 families have been deprived of due assistance as their income is higher than the required criterion.


2. It is only thanks to opposition MPs that funding for nutrition has been saved this year. The Minister of Finance wanted to take 50 million PLN.


3. The coalition imposes new tasks on local governments without additional resources. E.g. for tasks related to domestic violence, the Crèche Act, or bearing costs in the field of family care.


4. Recently, the PO government has been saving money for the poor by shifting the obligation to pay extra for to permanent benefits at 20%. It does this during the fiscal year. A municipality the size of 15k will have to find (just where?) an extra 250k this year.


5. In 2010, many municipalities ran out of funds from the governor's grant for periodic benefits, which are the livelihood of the lowest income earners. This year, the situation may repeat itself. In many social welfare centers, social workers have been prohibited from applying for periodic benefits.


6. Governors underreport, relative to cost, subsidies for financing residents of social welfare homes. As a result, county governments must subsidize one home by 200 to 500 thousand zlotys.


7. In 2008. The Minister of Labour demanded that district governors withdraw from funding by nursing homes social nursing and nursing care services, recommending that these costs be covered by the National Health Fund. This caused a huge mess that has not been cleared up to this day.


8. It was on the initiative of opposition MPs that the period for reaching the standards was extended for nursing homes. This saved many jobs in the country. The Minister of Labour has been consistently against such a solution.


9. PFRON funds were drastically reduced compared to 2007 for the support of the disabled. More than 10 times fewer people than in 2007 will benefit from rehabilitation holidays, orthopedic aids and elimination of architectural barriers.


10. Many provincial governors reduced grants in 2010 for social service centers. E.g. in Podkarpacie by 15% compared to 2009, while in 2008. Deputy Minister PO promised increases for social welfare workers of 500 PLN. Currently, social welfare workers are one of the lowest paid professional categories in Poland. Auxiliary staff earn no more than 1800 PLN, and professionals such as nurses, physiotherapists, social workers around 2000 PLN gross. These workers should often become clients of social assistance.


11. In 2010, the government did not provide any funds to help the homelessdespite the fact that there was PLN 10 million in the reserve.


12. The coordination of aid to flood victims was tragic. There was a lack of information about the needs as well as the ability of local governments and individuals to help.


13. A feature of the current team is the lack of objectivity in the distribution of funds for social assistance. So-called "their municipalities" get the most.


14. Since 2004, the family income support threshold for to family benefits. It amounts to £504 per person and should be £650 per person. Inflation has been around 25%. The consequences of the lack of valorization are underestimated benefits and a decrease in the number of eligible children from 5.5 million to 3 million.


15. Mimo an increase in the unemployment rate in the fourth quarter of 2010 and in the first quarter of 2011, Labour Fund resources were reduced from 7 billion in 2010 to 3 billion in 2011. Many District Labour Offices have no funds for intervention works, public works and economic empowerment. There is also no money for internships for young people, among whom 30% to 50% cannot find any work. 



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