Municipalities to receive millions for disabled

The “Solidarity Fund for Disabled Persons” will grant nearly PLN 32 mln (7,5 mln EUR) to 320 municipalities in order to support care services on the local level.

The Family, Labour and Social Policy Minister, Elżbieta Rafalska, has accepted applications from 320 municipalities which had applied for a subsidy for care services for their disabled residents.

In a press release, Minister Rafalska underlined that the programme’s goal is to “improve quality and increase availability” of care services for disabled persons.

As Minister Rafalska explained, the government wants to support municipalities in providing such services, “so that every person who needs care, also specialised care, could benefit from it.” The programme is set primarily to support the smaller and poorer municipalities.

Local communities which have applied to the programme will receive up to 50 percent of the total cost of providing care services within their limits.

According to the Family Ministry, in 2016, 94,000 people, and in 2017 over 100,000 benefited from care services provided by municipalities, which is one of their own tasks financed by local budgets.