500 plus for seniors and 500 plus for long-term married couples. Where did the idea for unequal privileges come from?

500 plus for a senior. What conditions must be met?

Care for seniors in an aging society is a major expense. That is why the “500 plus for seniors” was introduced – as we popularly call benefits for people who are unable to live independently (the so-called “supplementary benefit”). The pension is open to retirees of old age and incapacity for work who receive the nursing allowance and who are older than 75 years or who are unable to support themselves.

However, 500 plus for seniors is only available to those whose income does not exceed the gross income of 1,727.08 PLN. Applications for this type of support can be submitted from September 2019. Information from the Ministry of Family and Social Policy shows that 767.5 thousand people have benefited from such support so far. people – seniors over 75 years of age constitute ± 43% of beneficiaries.

There is also a different rule for this. If a particular person receives an old-age pension, disability pension or other benefit financed from public funds and the total gross amount of these benefits exceeds PLN 1,396.13 and does not exceed PLN 1,896.13, the amount of the benefit will be an additional supplement than PLN 500. This is the difference between the amount of PLN 1,896.13 and your total benefit.

500 plus for long-term married couples. What is known about the Ma³¿eñstwo+ project?

A few months ago, the Sejm received a petition suggesting that long-term marriages should get 500-plus benefits. It would be a program similar to 500 plus for seniors.

There is one necessary condition: not every married couple would qualify, but one with at least 40 years of marriage experience would.

It is a petition from citizens demanding support for long-term marriages and calling for “500 plus for married couples”. As the authors of the idea justify, the spouses cannot always care for each other and additional, paid assistance is needed. That’s why the authors want the government to introduce 500 plus for long-term married couples (minimum age 40).

According to the initiators, the source of the petition is the difficult living conditions of seniors. In their view, these funds could be used to pay for the help of a nanny or financial aid at a time when the cost of food, medicine and personal care products is skyrocketing. According to the authors, 500 plus for long-term married couples would also promote the idea of ​​a long-term marriage.

Some observers see this idea as an attempt to avoid divorce as we divorce more and more. According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, more than 65,000 people were divorced throughout the year in 2019. par. In the first half of 2021, 38,662 divorce cases were filed in courts across the country, compared to 34,051 cases in the past six months, but the average age of divorce in our country is 42 for men and 38 for women.

500 plus for long-term married couples is not a new idea.

However, financial support for marriages is not a new idea. Two years earlier, a similar petition was sent to the president. However, in the previous version of the benefit, it was suggested that the amount would depend on several factors. Payment can be received by couples who have raised at least two children. And so, after 50 years of marriage, it would be PLN 500, after 55 years – PLN 550, and after 60 years – PLN 600. Widowers, as the initiators said, could count on such an addition at the end of their lives. However, the idea failed.

Now it is different, some MPs express their support for the idea of ​​500 plus benefits for married couples. PiS MEP Elżbieta Rafalska was enthusiastic about it, but is also considering the possibility of a one-off payment.

On Wednesday, June 8, MPs from the Sejm’s Petitions Committee discussed the issue of the new benefit. Opinions are divided, some MPs have serious doubts and accuse the petition of lack of specificity, for example the age of the spouses. The subject will be addressed by Minister Marlena Maląg of the Ministry of Family and Social Policy. The question is whether the state budget can cover yet another financial aid.

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