Moshe Kahlon (left) and Benjamin Netanyahu (right)..
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Wednesday evening with Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, Labor and Social Services Minister Haim Katz and coalition chairman David Bitan to address the socioeconomic situation of the disabled.
Following the meeting, the Prime Minister’s Office announced the establishment of a new committee that will examine an increase in disability allotments.
The committee will be headed by Avi Shimhon, chairman of the National Economic Council. It will include representatives from the Finance, Welfare, and Health ministries as well as the National Insurance Institute and is expected to release recommendations within a month.
For the past few months, people with disabilities have held protest rallies, demanding that disability allotments be raised to make them equal to the minimum wage.
To date, disability allotments top out at a maximum of NIS 2,342 per month – less than half of the NIS 5,000 minimum wage. Protesters say that amount is barely enough for some 230,000 people with disabilities who rely on allotments as their sole source of income.
In response to the decision, the Action Headquarters for the Disabled – the primary group behind the protests – wrote on its Facebook page Thursday that recipients of the allotments expect nothing less than full equalization with the minimum wage.
“As far as we are concerned, the working team can present its conclusions tomorrow morning. We expect to equalize disability allotments to the minimum wage immediately – and now, and not any other solution,” Kobi Cohen of the action group wrote.
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The protests began after the Finance Ministry blocked passage of legislation that would have increased disability allotments.
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