51 senators voted against the amendment, 48 opposed, and one abstained.
A day earlier, in the Senate, Barbara Socha, the family’s deputy minister, pointed out that planned changes to the program’s use would save 2.5 2.5 billion over 10 years. These savings – as he emphasizes – will not bring any unpleasant changes to the beneficiaries of this program, ie to the parents who are receiving “500 Plus” today. Opposition senators responded that new jobs would come to ZUS and that submitting petitions could be an obstacle for some beneficiaries.
The amendment stipulates that the service for the “Rodzina 500 Plus” program will be handled by the Social Insurance Institution, not currently – local governments. Benefit applications can only be submitted online, and the amount will only be paid without cash to the bank account number provided by the applicant.
The amendment assumes that ZUS will gradually handle matters relating to the 500 Plus. For the period prior to January 1, 2022, the current authorities will continue to follow suit until the end of child rights litigation. Local governments will also continue to pay child care benefits paid before January 1, 2022, until the end of the period, ie from January-May 2022 to May 31, 2022.
From January 1, 2022, ZUS will pay its children’s benefits on an ongoing basis, and from February 1, 2022, it will accept applications for the period beginning June 1, 2022.
In 2016-2020, the service costs of the “500 Plus” service, ie from the beginning of the program, PLN more than 1.6 billion. The Family Ministry estimates that planned changes will reduce these costs and result in savings in the state budget of about 1 3.1 billion over 10 years.
Earlier, similar changes were made to the so-called “Dobri Start” program. The school setting is already benefited this year through the Social Insurance Institution, and applications are submitted online.