When asked about the possibility of valorizing the 500+ benefit, PiS politicians always denied and argued that there are other pro-family programs. Something apparently broke, because it is speculated that in just a few days the 500+ will increase by 200 PLN.
Worth less due to inflation
Which affects the parents’ account every month, you can buy a quarter less today than in 2016, when the most important social program of Law and Justice (PiS)was launched. Because although nominally nothing has changed and PLN 500 is paid for each child up to the age of 18, each year such a transfer is enough for an ever more modest shopping basket.
The purchasing value of PLN 500 has been calculated by money.pl for several years. And so, just a year after the inauguration of the 500+ program, it was worth PLN 490 in real terms. In 2019, it dropped to around PLN 471, and in 2020 it was only PLN 454. The website estimated that if the trend continues, in 2030 500+ will be worth PLN 338.
4 of June a declaration regarding 700+ can be made
Questions about valorization have been asked regularly, but so far PiS politicians, with successive ministers of family and social policy at the forefront, replied that there was no such possibility and assured that the United Right was implementing other social programs. However, something has apparently changed and PiS has started to consider the possibility of raising the flagship program.
“I do not deny, but also do not confirm, that we will present proposals on the indexation of 500+. Today, the value of this money is less than it was a few years ago. It seems that 500+ should be revalued at the level of 40%.”, said 24 PiS MP Paweł Lisiecki a few days ago on Polish Radio.
Gazeta Wyborcza suspects that the plans to raise the 500+ PLN to 700 zlotys may be announced by the rulers on June 4 at the PiS convention, which would be a smart move right now, when people are complaining about high prices and less and less available apartments. Although there will be no elections next year, the promise of additional money will prepare the ground for the next ones.
PiS is becoming more and more generous to retirees
The purpose of introducing the Family 500+ benefit in 2016 was to increase the fertility rate. It failed: in the whole of 2021, 331 thousand were born. children, by 24 thousand less than a year earlier. Even before the pandemic, the number of births fell to the level before the introduction of the 500+ program.
It is hard to suspect that inflation will reach 13 percent. and record expensive real estate, an additional PLN 200 was to encourage people to expand their families. Despite this, PiS may announce an increase in benefits, which will be in line with the narrative of supporting families and the most deprived in the face of “Putin-induced inflation.” Gazeta Wyborcza informs that it is considering entering the fourteenth pension as a permanent benefit and adding a one-off fifteenth pension.