Authority Holocaust RIghts Steinitz 311.
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Holocaust survivors will receive a 50-percent discount on their electricity
bills in an effort to improve their living conditions, the Finance Ministry
“The services the government provides to Holocaust
survivors have improved significantly over the past year,” Finance Minister
Yuval Steinitz said while visiting the Authority for the Rights of Holocaust
Survivors on Thursday in Tel Aviv. “It took great efforts to get the transfer of
more than NIS 50 million for the increase in monthly benefits of Holocaust
survivors to be approved before the start of the Tishrei. I hope that the
discount in monthly electricity bills will help assist Holocaust survivors
before the High Holy Days.”
Steinitz, who was accompanied by Deputy
Finance Minister Yitzhak Cohen, signed a directive that will entitle 30,000
needy Holocaust survivors to receive a 50% discount on their monthly electricity
bills for up to 400 kilowatts per hour.
“Holocaust survivors have
suffered enough, and the government needs to do everything in its power to
improve its assistance and services,” Cohen said.
Some 90,000 Holocaust
survivors are being assisted by the Authority for the Rights of Holocaust
Survivors, executive director Ofra Ross said.
On Tuesday, the Knesset
Finance Committee approved an increase in benefits for Holocaust survivors
retroactively to October 2009.
Their monthly living allowance of NIS
1,000 will be raised by NIS 60 to NIS 120. In addition, they will receive a
one-time payment of NIS 750 to NIS 1,300 on September 1.
needy Holocaust survivors, including widows, will receive the added