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The details of the agreements to increase benefits to disabled

On Friday, September 29, website Calcalist published details of agreements to increase disability benefits.

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.

In the opinion of the representative of the organization «Naha ze lo hace benadam» («Disability is not half a person») Asher Rochberger is «a revolutionary agreement,» because for 15 years there was an increase in subsidies for the disabled.

Sunday, October 1, the agreement will be presented at the meeting of the government. Then it has to be approved by the Knesset. If all these steps are completed and the agreement will enter into force, according to Rehberger, the allowance will be increased by more than 50% in January 2018.

Editorial addressed to the press service of the Ministry of Finance with a request for documents relating to agreements to increase benefits to people with disabilities. We expect to publish a more detailed and accurate material after Sukkot.

Benefit people with disabilities in Israel. As of September 2017

According to the Institute of national insurance («bituah Leumi»), the benefit for total disability is paid to those who as a result of their disability lost at least 50% disability. The beneficiary must be a resident of Israel aged 18 years up to the age of retirement. After retirement a disability allowance is replaced by the old-age allowance for the disabled.

Disabled, which was defined by the degree of disability of 75% or higher, is eligible to receive monthly disability benefits in full. The full amount of the allowance per person is currently 2342 shekels. The activists of the disability rights movement seeking greater benefits for this group of people with disabilities.

They require to balance the allowance with the minimum wage, which is currently 5,000 shekels a month, and bind it to her. Activists propose to gradually increase the disability allowance to the minimum wage within three years.

Over the period 2000 to 2017, the benefit for total disability increased by 5% and the minimum wage by 23%.

According to the national insurance Institute, in 2015 approximately 231 thousand residents of Israel received benefits for total disability in full size. This group of people is 4.7% of the population aged from 18 years up to the age of retirement.

According to the criteria «bituah Leumi», the beneficiary should not work at all, or if he is working, his income from working must be less than 60% of the average wage in the country, that is to be below 5804 shekels. According to the national insurance Institute, only 22% of people receiving disability benefits are working.

Disabled persons with degree of disability 75% and above, which are not permanently in a special school and have a medical disability degree of at least 50%, is paid an additional monthly allowance in the amount of from 252 to 451 of the shekel in accordance with the established degree of medical disability.

Thus, the maximum amount of benefits for total disability for one person is currently 2793 shekels per month.

The disabled with dependents are entitled to allowances to the allowance. In case of his dependent is the spouse (spouse) whose income does not exceed 57% of the average wage, a disabled person pay a Supplement equal to 50% of the disability benefits. Thus, the maximum allowance is 3964 shekels.

Disabled people with children receive an allowance only for the first two children. Allowance for each child is 40% of the disability benefits. Thus, the total amount of benefits for the disabled, with dependent wife and two children, is 5838 shekels.

Disabled, receiving benefits, based upon the various benefits: exemption from payments to the national insurance Institute, the exemption from income tax and tax on the purchase of real estate, they have discounts on Council tax and water, public transport and the sickness funds.

According for 2015, 24% disabled, receiving benefits, and had also received other payments: allowances travel and allowance for special services. Benefit for movement for people who do not have a car is 2364 shekels per month. For vehicle owners, the amount of benefits is determined in accordance with the characteristics of the vehicle.

Allowance for special services in 2017 ranges from 1401 to 5045 shekels. It is available to people to pay for the services of the nurse.

There are groups of disabled people for whom the benefit is calculated separately. So, victims of polio, which includes a percentage of disability or mobility limitation of 100%, monthly paid full allowance 4837 shekels.

According to the «Leumi», the average benefit of people with a common disability, is 2862 shekels. For comparison, the benefits of people who have received permanent disability as a result of industrial injuries is an average of 3482 3726 to shekels. The disabled IDF get from 4898 to 9267 shekels a month.

The material was prepared by Elena Zissou. Based on official documents provided by the «Leumi».

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