The Knesset Labor, Welfare and Health Committee approved, Tuesday, a government bill to expand the number of Holocaust survivors eligible for a benefits package amounting to 4,750 shekels ($1,357). Currently, the package only goes to 6,000 who receive income support. Under the legislation, the number of eligible people who survived the ghettos and concentration camps will rise to 18,500. In addition, a monthly grant of NIS 1,850 ($529) will be paid in cash instead of vouchers.
If the second and third readings of the bill are approved by the full Knesset, the updated payments will be made starting in February, retroactive to 2013.