Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the signing of an agreement to raise the benefits for disabled people.
«This is a historic agreement that will lead to a significant advancement of persons with disabilities in Israel. The agreement expressed the principles that the Minister of Finance Moshe Kalon outlined in the beginning. This is a significant increase, which will begin in January next year and will reach 4.2 billion shekels, — said in a statement released by the office of the Prime Minister.
«I thank the Finance Minister Moshe Kalon, the head of the National economic Council Professor, AVI Simhon, Chairman of the Israeli Association of trade unions of AVI Nissenkorn, head of the coalition MP David Bitana, Deputy Ilana Gilon and other Knesset members who helped in the negotiations,» said Netanyahu.
According to the Israeli Federation of trade unions («Histadrut»), the increase in benefits will be implemented from January 2018 and January 2021. The allowance will be increased by 700-1800 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.
We would add that the organization «people with Disabilities turn into Panther» has already stated that it will continue actions to cut off the highway, aiming at improving the agreement.
We are talking about the most radical of organizations advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities.