500 plus for dependent persons is a benefit paid to people who have low retirement pensions, pensions or other benefits. An allowance, called a supplementary benefit for people unable to live independently, is granted to those who need help from others in their everyday life – e.g. in washing, dressing, shopping or cooking. About 767,000 people have already benefited from such a benefit. Government data show that nearly half of the 500+ recipients are seniors aged 75+.
Who is 500 plus for? We explain the rules of the program
500 plus is granted to those people whose benefit, together with retirement or disability pension (or other income), does not exceed PLN 1,896.13 gross. At the same time, a benefit in the maximum amount of PLN 500 per hand can be obtained if the retirement pension or disability pension (or other income) does not exceed PLN 1,396.13 gross per month. If they are higher, the 500 plus is reduced on a “zloty for zloty” basis.
500 plus. How much is it worth today?
The 500 plus benefit for dependent persons has not been indexed since its introduction (i.e. from September 2019). Since then, prices have increased by approx. 22%, which means that the maximum amount of the benefit is not actually PLN 500, but only PLN 388. The bad news is that the draft budget for next year has not been planned for the indexation of 500 plus for dependents.
500 plus for seniors. This is how the threshold can change
What the recipients of this benefit can count on is the valorization of the threshold entitling to its payment. Pursuant to the regulations, this criterion is increased once a year (in March) by the indexation of old age and disability pensions. So we check – the government forecasts 13.8 percent next year. valorization. This would mean that the threshold at 500 plus for dependent persons, which is now PLN 1,896.13, would increase to PLN 2,157.80.
This is good news because people receiving such a benefit do not have to worry that after the indexation, the amount of 500 plus will be reduced or will not be paid anymore. What’s more, dependent persons covered by the benefit can count on the fact that his payments will be slightly higher than this year. Our simulations are presented in the table.
500 plus. Favorable changes stuck in the Sejm
For example, a person with PLN 1,500 old-age or disability pension (or other income) currently gets PLN 296 of the dependent allowance, from March 1, 2023, if the indexation amounts to 13.8%, they could count on PLN 337 per month.
The circles of people with disabilities have long demanded the abolition of the income criterion at 500 plus for dependent people. Even a bill prepared by KO deputies was submitted to the Sejm. However, it has been in the parliamentary freezer for two years.