Poland's lower house boosts unemployment aid

The legislation gained overwhelming support in the Sejm, with 430 MPs voting in favour, 15 against and nine abstaining. Mateusz Marek/PAP

The Sejm (lower house) passed a bill on Thursday night offering PLN 1,400 (EUR 316) monthly for three months to people who lost their jobs during the pandemic and raising the unemployment benefit by some 40 percent from September 1.

The legislation gained overwhelming support in the Sejm, with 430 MPs voting in favour, 15 against and nine abstaining.

The three-month aid will also cover the social insurance package and will not be taxed.

However, the temporary benefit will only be paid to those who lost their standard-contract jobs but not to people who worked under low-quality no-benefit contracts.

The legislators predict that the number of eligible persons will be about half a million, which means that the scheme's total cost for the budget will be PLN 1.49 bln (EUR 337 mln).

The legislation also raises the unemployment benefit to PLN 1,200 (EUR 271) from PLN 861.40 (EUR 195) in the first three months of unemployment and to PLN 942.30 (EUR 213) from PLN 676.40 (EUR 153) in the next three to nine months.