Flagship gov’t benefits programme kicks off in Poland

A flagship government initiative introducing new state benefits designed to encourage Polish families to have more children kicks off on Friday. - thenews.pl

The new handouts, designed to counteract a looming demographic crisis, were a key pledge by the Law and Justice (PiS) party ahead of its victory in the country’s October general election.

With the population of Poland set to shrink fast, the PiS government's “500+” programme aims to ease the burdens of child-rearing by giving all families with two or more children a handout of PLN 500 (USD 127, EUR 112) a month per child, regardless of their income level. Poorer families will receive the allowance even if they have just one child. 

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