Knesset approves increase in pensions for the disabled

Knesset approves second and third readings of bill to increase the allowances for persons with disabilities by a majority of 84-0.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Knesset plenum
Knesset plenum
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The Knesset on Monday night approved the second and third readings of a bill to increase the allowances for persons with disabilities.

84 Knesset members voted in favor the bill and there were no opponents.

The law stipulates that the basic disability pension will increase from anywhere between 470 and 770 shekels a month per person, and will amount to 3,270 shekels in the first stage. In addition, this allowance includes an additional monthly allowance that is awarded to persons with disabilities who have been determined to be incapacitated.

The bill further states that by the end of 2019, the finance and welfare ministers will be entitled to submit regulations for the approval of the Labor and Social Affairs Committee, which will specify an additional increase in allowances (no committee will be set up for this as originally planned). In any case, the law stipulates that the cost of all stages of the allowance increase will be 4.34 billion shekels per year.

It was determined that the final disability pension, at the end of all the stages, will be no less than 3,700 shekels a month. The pension will be linked to the national average wage as of 2022.

MK Ilan Gilon (Meretz) welcomed the approval of the bill.

"We have now raised the disability pension by 50 percent within a budget of 4.3 billion shekels. This is a very significant achievement, especially in light of the current political reality. I refer to this step as the beginning of a long journey until the realization of my original law - equalization of the pension to the minimum wage. I will do everything to reach this result," he tweeted.

MK Yoav Kisch (Likud), one of the initiators of the bill, welcomed its approval and said, "Almost three years have passed and we have reached the finish line. I, like many in this building, will always stand by the weaker populations that need help. This legislation is historical. Today we passed a bill that means 4.3 billion shekels for the disabled."

MK Shelly Yechimovich (Zionist Union) also welcomed the bill: "The Disabled Persons' Law passed by a majority of 84 MKs and no opponents. We voted in favor, with the coalition, even though it is far from perfect, and I am happy about this, and I welcome this law."