Gov't to boost welfare packages for disabled

The overall welfare package for people and children with disabilities will get a boost in the coming months after an agreement reached this week between rights organizations that represent the disabled and the government.
Under the new agreement, announced Saturday, the Welfare and Social Services Ministry together with the National Insurance Institute will increase the total welfare budget for people with disabilities by some NIS 200 million.
The agreement comes after fierce protests in October 2010 by hundreds of people with disabilities, angry over the government’s failure to increase disability allowances and improve other welfare benefits for more than nine years.