The Family 500 plus program did not meet our proliferative expectations, but it met our social expectations, said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Thursday. As he pointed out, the Polish Order assumes the expansion of social programs. In this context, the head of government mentioned Rodzinny Kapitał Opiekuczy (Family Care Capital).
On Thursday afternoon, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki met with the residents of the Zakrzewo commune in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship. As he said, as part of the Polish Deal, the government planned, inter alia, continuation, but also expansion of the current social programs.
500 plus – Mateusz Morawiecki comments
– Family Care Capital, i.e. funds to support young families when their second, third and subsequent children are born, between 13 and 36 months of age. Then – specialists tell us – it is the most difficult, the hardest. Then it is most difficult for mum or dad to return to the labor market, then they need to be helped the most, then they have the lowest salaries, it is known that this is the case at the beginning of their professional career – emphasized the Prime Minister. Last Tuesday, the Council of Ministers adopted a bill on this matter. Now the regulations will go to work in the Sejm.
Morawiecki admitted at the same time that the 500 plus program was an “attempt” that did not meet the government’s pro-population expectations.
– That is why in the Polish Lada we have Family Caring Capital, which is to try again, again, we do not give up, because 500 plus was such an attempt, it is such an attempt all the time and I think you all agree that without it it would be even worse. It did not meet our proliferation expectations, but it met our social expectations, because there is not so much poverty anymore, there is not so much buying in stores “on notebook”, on credit. (…) Today it’s a little easier to make ends meet. Today it is easier to plan life in a commune, life in a poviat, or a life on a farm, stressed the head of government.
500 plus from April 2016
The Family 500 plus program was launched on April 1, 2016. Under the program, families with dependent children are entitled to a child benefit of PLN 500 per child up to the age of 18, regardless of income. As we read on government websites, the 500 plus is to pursue three main goals: improving the demographic situation, reducing poverty among the youngest, and investing in the family. In the case of the first target, generation replacement guarantees a fertility rate of 2.1, which means that there should be 210 births per 100 women. In Poland, since 1989, the fertility rate does not guarantee the replacement of generations, and since 1998 it has been values lower than 1.5, which characterize a low fertility rate. In 2013, the fertility rate for the whole of Poland reached 1.25 (125 children per 100 women) and by 2015 it had increased to 1.3. From 2016, its growth was noticeable – until 2017, when it reached 1.45. In the following years, however, it began to decline again to 1.38 in 2020. The Ministry of Family and Social Policy informed at the beginning of August this year that over PLN 156 billion had been spent on the Family 500 plus program since the beginning of its operation.
Main photo source: PAP / Tytus Żmijewski