Higher disability benefits signed into law amid protest
PR dla Zagranicy
Higher disability benefits were signed into Polish law on Monday, while a protest for still more welfare continues.
Adults with disabilities and their parent-carers continue their protest. Photo: PAP/Tomasz Gzell.
Under the laws signed by President Andrzej Duda, the disability benefit will be raised by some 15 percent to about PLN 1,000 (EUR 240) each month.
The laws also give people with disabilities easier access to healthcare, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment.
MPs from the governing Law and Justice party said this would save households about PLN 520 monthly.
But Iwona Hartwich, one of the parents protesting in Warsaw, said protesters would continue to demand an additional cash handout of PLN 500 each month to cover therapy costs.
Protesters, mainly parents who care for their adult disabled children, have been occupying a hallway in the Polish parliamentary building since mid-April.
An official from Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki's office on Monday said that more benefits for people with disabilities would be proposed on Tuesday. (vb)
Source: Polskie Radio, prezydent.pl