The call for applications for 500 plus for the new benefit period starts on February 1, 2022 – said the Minister of Family and Social Policy, Marlena Maląg. Changes to the program apply from the beginning of the year – applications can only be submitted online and money is only paid to parents’ bank accounts.
The Family 500 plus program has been in operation since April 2016. Initially, the benefit of PLN 500 per month was due to the second and each subsequent child. For the first child, the benefit was only paid to the lowest-income families. After more than three years, from 1 July 2019, the program was extended and since then the benefit is also paid to the first child regardless of the family income.
In January, the service of the 500 plus was taken over by the Social Insurance Institution. The communes will continue to pay the already granted benefits until the end of May 2022. The family ministry estimates that thanks to this change, the costs of operating the program will decrease and will result in savings for the state budget of approximately PLN 3.1 billion within 10 years.
500 plus – new call for applications from February
From February, the call for applications for 500 plus for the new benefit period will start, which will start on June 1, 2022 and will last until May 31, 2023.
– All eligible parents will have to apply for the benefit, including those who are already receiving 500 plus. The procedures related to the handling of applications and the subsequent payment of benefits will be handled by the Social Insurance Institution – says the Minister of Family and Social Policy, Marlena Maląg.
– We know how important the benefit from the Family 500 plus program is for Polish families, therefore – in order to ensure the continuity of payments – we encourage you to submit your application by April 30, 2022. Then the money will be paid out by the end of June 2022 – he adds.
Submitting the application by the end of June 2022 will guarantee that the childcare benefit will be transferred with the compensation from June 1, 2022. If the person applying for the benefit applies for a new period after June 30, 2022, then the childcare benefit will be due from the month of submitting the request.
500 plus – application only via the Internet
Applications can be submitted from February 1 online via the Emp @ tia portal of the Ministry of Family and Social Policy, via the ZUS Electronic Services Platform or online banking.
– Our experience shows that parents have no problem with such a solution, and the vast majority of applications are submitted online anyway. The pandemic forced us to expand our digital competences, we had to deal with many things online. And we are doing well with it. This is clearly visible when submitting applications for family caring capital, where parents are doing very well, says Minister Maląg.
Only parents with a PESEL number can submit an application via the Emp @ tia portal or electronic banking. Parents submit applications on the SW-R form intended for them. Parents or guardians who do not have a PESEL number should submit an appropriate application via the Electronic Services Platform (PUE) of ZUS.
If the application is submitted via electronic banking or the Emp @ tia portal, and the applicant does not have a profile at PUE ZUS, the Social Insurance Institution will establish such a profile based on the data from the application. At PUE ZUS you will be able to find all information about the submitted application and its handling.
500 plus. How much money was paid out?
According to the data provided by the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, from April 2016 to the end of 2021, PLN 176.5 billion went to families for 500 plus.
In total, the most entitled to the benefit were among the inhabitants of the voivodeship Mazowieckie – as part of 500+, almost PLN 26.8 billion has been allocated to children from Mazovia since 2016. The following voivodships in terms of the amount paid from the program are: Śląskie (PLN 18.8 billion), Wielkopolskie (PLN 17.5 billion) and Małopolskie (PLN 16.8 billion).
The least entitled to the benefit are among the inhabitants of the following voivodships: Opolskie (PLN 3.8 billion was allocated for the benefit there), Lubuskie (PLN 4.4 billion) and Świętokrzyskie (PLN 5.3 billion).
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