According to research 16% of the people in the Czech Republic suffers financially (i.e. are unemployed, low income, pensioners, single mothers), and another 20% is at risk of poverty. This “permanently at risk” class is specific for the Czech Republic – it is the working people, educated people with potential, but they have low income and no assets.
Poverty Watch Main Findings
Most affected groups
People with disabilities
Single parent households
People over 65
- Unequivocal commitment, so that groups with low income will ‘survive’ the crisis. The government should not cut wages in social services.
- Introduction of social legislation that will help to mitigate the impact of the Corona crisis.
- Affordable housing is the basis for lifting people out of poverty.
- Temporary tax relief for self-employed and small businesses.
- Care-giver’s allowance at least 80% of employee’s assessment base (instead of 60%).
- With regard to the minimum income, the benefit system needs to be continuously revived so that it responds continuously to the unfavourable situation of people and at the same time is motivating for their future employment in the labour market; over time benefits should be significantly lower than the minimum wages and income of working people.
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