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Nursing benefit for carers of people with disabilities. Will they be able to work? Marlena Maląg, Minister of Family and Social Policy, comments

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Marlena Maląg, the Minister of Family and Social Policy, told the TVN24 reporter that her ministry was working on a solution to supplement the care benefit collected by carers of people with disabilities. According to the current law, they cannot work. She added that specific solutions in this matter should be presented in January.

The Minister of Family and Social Policy Marlena Maląg was asked by a TVN24 reporter whether solutions are planned that would enable carers of people with disabilities who receive a nursing benefit to take up employment.

The ministry led by Maląg informed tvn24.pl in mid-December that the benefit “is due regardless of family income (no income criterion), and its purpose from the beginning of its operation is to provide material support to people who have resigned from professional activity due to the need to take care of a disabled person.

Therefore, at the end of December, a protest of families of people with disabilities took place in front of the Presidential Palace. They appealed, inter alia, for the lifting of the ban on work for people receiving this benefit.

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Mala said that PIS introduced changes to the care benefit. – This benefit was linked to the minimum wage, so it is not the benefit at the level it was in 2015 (when PiS took power – ed.), but it increases every year. This year it will be over PLN 2,400 – indicated the head of the Ministry of Family and Social Policy. From January 1, 2023, it amounts to PLN 2,458 per month.

Earning money for a nursing benefit? Maląg: a very difficult topic

– As far as our roadmap for supporting people with disabilities is concerned, first of all, the strategy for people with disabilities has been adopted by the government, which shows the directions of action. And, among other things, the topic of the so-called earning money for benefits is a very difficult topic. Contrary to appearances, it would take a lot of time, we would probably have to conduct a long interview to show the clue of the case – she asked the reporter.

– First of all, we need to link the possibility of earning additional money to this benefit with assistance, with care. Because if the person who takes care of a small or adult child goes to work, he must have someone to leave the child with. We have already taken this first step, we already have assistance in the form of a program financed from the Solidarity Fund. We are working on a solution to supplement this care benefit. I think that in January, but certainly in the first quarter, this solution will be presented by Minister Paweł Wdówik (Government Plenipotentiary for People with Disabilities – ed.) – said Marlena Maląg.

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