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October 5, 2022

Gov’t looking into cutting from war veterans, disabled

The Boc Government is preparing an emergency ordinance to cut food and drugs allowances currently paid to disabled individuals. The Executive has not forgotten about the WWII veterans either: they will no longer receive free radio and TV subscriptions, ‘Jurnalul National’ states. In addition, the allowances of people who have been victims of political persecutions will be cut by 25 per cent on New Year’s Eve. A draft emergency ordinance the Government is working on stipulates the replacement of disability allowances by a lump-sum benefit. A disabled individual who has no other income will receive RON 340, for a severe degree of disability, RON 250 for a high degree of disability and RON 35 for a medium degree of disability. Disabled people who also have other income will qualify for less money: for severe disability, the Government will pay RON 205 and for medium disability only RON 20.

The draft ordinance currently developed by the Boc Government also cuts salaries of those who assist people with disabilities. They will only be paid half of the after-tax salary of a junior social worker without a degree and will have to attend to two disabled people at once. If they cannot do it, they will only receive half of the amount, which is some RON 200. The measure will start being applied on the first day of 2011, ‘Jurnalul national’ daily informs. The Government has not 2missed families with disabled children either: for severe disabilities the state pays RON 91 and for medium disability – RON 33.5. The state budget is also taking a toll from war veterans: the elderly people who fought in WWII will no longer get their telephone and radio/TV subscriptions free of charge. According to the same ordinance, the National Social Security Fund will not be giving any more spa tickets or retirement aid packages, military staff being included.

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