Sunday, 22 July, 15 activists of public organizations representing people with disabilities announced the establishment of a new headquarters for the fight for the rights of persons with disabilities.
Eyal Cohen, head of the organization «people with Disabilities turn into a Panther», held in Haifa press conference announced that people whose interests he represents are not satisfied with the agreement proposed by the government.
«We asked the Prime Minister to meet with our representatives, and has repeatedly warned that we intend to tighten our methods of struggle, — he said. We would not want their actions to harm the Israeli economy, but we have no other choice. Our next goal will be the international airport Ben-Gurion.»
According to Eyal Cohen with disabilities will block all roads leading to the international airport. Thus, they intend to «tightly locked» gates of Israel to a few hours a day.
In late September the government signed with the representatives of organizations of persons with disabilities agreement, under which in the period from January 2018 and January 2021, disability benefits will be increased by 700 to 1800 shekels.
Severe disabilities who need constant care and entitled to benefits for special services, will receive approximately 4,500 shekels a month. People with 100 percent disability and a medical disability of over 80% to around 4050 shekels. People with 100 percent disability and a medical disability of 50% to 79% will receive about NIS 4,000 per month. People with 100 percent disability and a medical disability of 40% to 49% will receive approximately 3,800 shekels a month. People with disability from 60% to 74% will receive allowance from 2,100 to 2,400 shekels a month.
It was also decided that disability benefits will be tied to the average salary.
In addition, for employed persons with disabilities it was decided to raise the amount of earning which they can continue to receive the allowance in full. This amount will be increased from 2,800 to 4,300 shekels shekels a month. The increase will take place in two stages. In January 2018, the amount will rise to NIS 4,000 in January 2019 – up to 4,300 shekels. In the future, this amount can be increased to 5,300 shekels.
Also agreed on the premium in the amount of 150 million shekels to increase disability benefits for children; 300 million shekels will be allocated for the preservation of disability benefits for older people. 75 million shekels will be allocated for the promotion of employment of disabled people.
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