Director General of the National Insurance Institute: “Every person below the poverty line is a world in its entirety”

The National Insurance Institute’s annual poverty report published today (Wednesday) revealed that the poverty rate according to economic income has widened and deepened, as has inequality. The top decile was the only one whose average economic income even rose slightly.

Director General of the National Insurance Institute, Meir Spiegler, Talked to Anat Davidov On 103FM and commented on the report’s findings: “The report shows what happened in 2020 after the corona crisis. Its data unusually justify the policy that Social Security promoted as someone who immediately understood the magnitude of the hour “It could deteriorate and crash below the poverty line, and the Knesset model has justified itself. There is no question about that at all.”

“Experts from OECD countries noted that the sickness model compared to other models was more efficient, social and flexible than all other models, and the report data indeed show that thanks to the same benefits and grants not only did the situation worsen, but improved mainly among the first and second deciles. Even improved their condition. “The social policy of the Social Security has proven itself,” he added.

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The report also shows that the percentage of poor seniors has dropped to 13.5% from 15.8%, but the percentage of poor children has risen to 31.2% in 2021. Poverty is a world in its entirety, “said the director general of National Security, adding that
There were initial steps that were already reflected in the 21-22 budget, we are working on further decisions to change this situation for the better. We are working hard to raise the income security allowance, which does not allow for a reasonable existence, I am not talking about living with dignity. ”

On the economic effects of the Fifth Corona wave, Spiegler said that “there are steps already taken by the Minister of Welfare and Finance when raising the income supplement to senior citizens who have no additional sources of income, as well as the basic disability pension. , Which in the past were not their lot. “

“We have taken into account the needs of the weak populations who still need assistance, and the assistance is given, among other things, thanks to the increase in benefits. , Concluded.

“Before the government paid grants, it wanted to close and cut people off from work.”

Chairman of the Finance Committee, MK Alex Kushnir, Also referred to the findings emerging from the report and said that “there is no doubt that the situation is difficult, but even in the half year in which the government exists we have managed to do very important things. We also arranged the disability reform, and raised the income supplement for the elderly and reached a state where there is no elderly person in Israel starting in January, who receives less than 70 percent of the minimum wage. “Before the government paid grants, it took the entire country to the Knesset and wanted to shut down and cut people off from work and shut them down at home.”

“You saw how we managed to get through the fourth wave without closures and restrictions on the economy, that’s what we are trying to do even now. In the data available today there is no justification to limit economic activity. The patients do not change severely and the number of respirators even decreases if I am not mistaken compared to last week. “

He said, “The very talk of restrictions and closures is creating panic. There is no reason for a moment to close economic activity. We have managed to reduce the deficit and we are on the runway of the economy.”

Finance Committee Chairman MK Alex Kushnir (Photo: Danny Shem Tov, Knesset Spokeswoman)

On raising Osem’s product prices, Kushnir said that “I think the price increase now is not justified, the very fact that the dollar is very low compared to the shekel it reduces costs for manufacturers who import goods. I instructed my team to do Osem price comparisons in Israel and abroad, I will not For a situation where Osem sells cheaper abroad, I call on Osem to calm down and stop the rise, it is out of place. If Osem seems to be up, we will work to open the competition. We must protect the consumer. ”

At the end, he also referred to the storm of the Chief Rabbi, Rabbi David Lau, Who announced that he would not be able to sign conversions if the head of the conversion system was fired, saying that “every government official must direct to government policy and can not threaten not to carry it out because the government has decided to terminate the employment of one or another official. “The way the government is run, so he can just put the letter of resignation. There is no situation in the world where a senior government official, no matter how much he threatens the government, threatens the prime minister. Not good for him? Put the keys down and go.”

Assisted in the preparation of the article: Michal Kadosh, 103fm

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