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To equate disability benefits to the minimum wage: MP 41 for and 39 against

Wednesday, December 7, at the plenary session of the Knesset in a preliminary reading approved a draft law on equating the size of the disability allowance to the minimum wage.

As reported on the website of the Knesset against a bill proposed by MP from the MERETZ Ilan Gilon (Meretz) was originally made by the Ministerial Committee on legislation, and the coalition.

In the Preface to the bill, Ilan Gilon, who himself moves in a wheelchair, said that the maximum amount of benefits at one hundred percent disability today is 2.714 shekels, which is much below the minimum wage, which forces people with disabilities to lead a meager existence. According to the legislator, this money is not enough to buy the necessary medication, pay for public transport or taxi, not allow to use the services of helpers or carers, and to participate in public life.

On the website of the Knesset said that after the speech of the Deputy in which he talked about the life of people with disabilities in Israel, in the hall for a few minutes there was silence.

A proposal to turn the disability allowance to the minimum wage was supported by 42 parliamentarians, and 39 voted against.

After the vote, when Ilan Gilon began to approach colleagues, to congratulate with a victory, he wept.

The bill has been sent for revision to the parliamentary Commission. The website «Haaretz» said that the bill was due to the fact that some deputies from the coalition left the hall during the vote, and the Deputy from the party «yaadut Torah» Moshe Gafni abstained. According to this publication, in violation of coalition discipline will be punished by the member of «Likud» Nava Boker. Within a month she is not allowed to apply their own laws.

In order to offer Ilana Gilona entered into force, it is necessary that the bill was approved by the Knesset in three readings.

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To equate disability benefits to the minimum wage: MP 41 for and 39 against 07.12.2016

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