The Parliamentary Committee on Health and Social Welfare on Monday voted for a majority of votes (with one restrained HDZ) to amend the Social Welfare Act, which, for instance, for 11.090 working incompetent singles increases the fee on 800 to 920 kunas and for single parent children with 320 on the 440 kuna per month, but objectionable from the ranks of the opposition because the law is passed at an extraordinary session.
"I'm glad that one month or two before the election the government shows social sensitivity, I just do not know why it was necessary to convene an extraordinary parliamentary session, when it could wait another five days and bring the law to a regular session," Željko Reiner (HDZ ). He thinks it is good that the changes, some of which he proposed to his party some year ago, but who ruled them, nevertheless finally did.
"In the explanation of the law it is written that it is not necessary to provide any additional resources for its implementation, which is impossible," Reiner said.
Deputy Minister of Social Policy and Youth, Maja Sporiš, said that the minimum guaranteed compensation would be paid out of the funds saved by the computerization of the social welfare system. She explained that the computerization of the social welfare system had detected eight thousand cases in which there were mistakes and fraud, and with the suspension of these payments it was possible to increase the fees. Slory also noted that legal changes introduced a whole new fee, that energy, as a protection to a vulnerable buyer.
"The monthly amount will be 200 kuna and will be prescribed by the Government by decree," she explained adding that it would refer to 125 thousands of citizens, or to 73 thousands of households.
Amendments also suggest the abolition of the provision by which a working person receiving a guaranteed minimum allowance will lose that right after two years. That is, said Sporiš, suggested because the situation on the labor market is not the most favorable.
President of the Committee Željko Jovanović (SDP) said the government and the ministry are trying to make society the same for everyone and allocate funds from the budget in the most decentralized way.