What is the situation of people with disabilities in Poland and what is the government doing to improve it? In the program “Kampania #BezKitu”, the Minister of Social Integration, Agnieszka Ścigaj (Polskie Sprawy), argued that “finally, there is a minimum step to make a disabled person independent, but also to give the carer a chance for a normal life.” MP Katarzyna Kotula (Left) pointed out that the Sejm was working on a bill to increase the social pension. “I hope your hand will not shake and that you will vote for this bill,” she said.
The situation of people with disabilities in Poland was discussed in Friday’s “#BezKitu Campaign” on TVN24 by MP Katarzyna Kotula from Nowa Lewica and Minister for Social Integration Agnieszka Ścigaj from the Polish Affairs circle.
Kotula reminded that Chase “took part in the protest of people with disabilities in 2018”. – The minister then said that it was absolutely scandalous and absolutely disgraceful that this social pension was so high. And then the minister made a declaration, a clear declaration that she would support an increase in the social pension. She said that when she had an influence on politics, she would definitely deal with this issue, pointed out the member of the Left.
Pursue: the social pension has increased, I feel satisfied
The minister replied that she was “absolutely not withdrawing from anything”. She added that the social pension for people with disabilities “increased in amount by more than 100 percent”. – So I feel satisfied – she said, saying that before the strike a few years ago it amounted to just over PLN 700.
Chase also referred to the government a draft act which introduces a new support benefit for people with disabilities. – The proposal of the minister (deputy minister of family and social policy, Paweł – ed.) Wdówik is an absolutely groundbreaking proposal – she assessed. In her opinion, “finally, there is a minimum step to make a disabled person independent, but also to give the carer a chance for a normal life.”
What has been done for people with disabilities. “Many promises, most of them unfulfilled”
Kotula stressed that soon Chase will have “an opportunity to vote for an increase in the social pension”. – In the Sejm, we are proceeding with the civic project of MP Iwona Hartwich – she reminded. – I hope that your hand will not shake and that you will vote for this project and that you will persuade your colleagues from the government – she added.
– Today you represent the government and it is worth holding this government to account today. Almost eight years of rule, many promises, most of them unfulfilled – said Kotula.
The guests of the “#BezKitu Campaign” were asked questions by representatives of youth groups. Julia Duras from Polskie Spraw and Grzegorz Garboliński from Young Left asked about the shortages in the housing market and challenges for social integration.
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