2016 budget worries bonds mayors, social service NGOs

More than 90 mayors and the heads of a number of social service NGOs are set to gather in at the Kfar Maccabiah hotel in Ramat Gan on Monday out of concern over the government’s 2016 budget.
Calling itself a “coalition of social reform,” the group has pledged to “fight for welfare provisions in the upcoming budget.”
Organized by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, the gathering will present a demand for the implementation of recommendations made by the Committee to Fight Poverty, which in 2013 was tasked by the government to formulate a plan to reduce the number of people living below the poverty line and to reduce the depth of poverty.
The committee, whose members were representatives of academia, non-profit organizations, businesses and representatives of government ministries and municipalities, was responsible for making recommendations on the actions required by the state to combat poverty in all aspects of life.
“We came to the realization that even though we are doing so much here in Israel, we can’t do it alone,” Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder of IFCJ, told The Jerusalem Post.
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