Retirees are one of the social groups that will be most strongly influenced by the Polish Order. Millions of seniors’ benefits will change from 2022. The vast majority of them will receive more money, but some will lose under the new rules.
As a result of the Polish Deal, Bożena lost as much as PLN 1,200 gross (name changed), which has proven more than 61 contributory years. She always earned twice the national average, worked as a chief specialist and director in state-owned and later private companies. Her pension exceeds 22,000. zloty.
– Of course, someone can say that this is a lot and no harm is happening to me. But I didn’t steal this money, I just earned it. So why is the government taking away my property from me? What about acquired rights? Do we live in a state of law or lawlessness? – asks the woman quoted by “Wyborcza”.
The government admittedly introduced a relief for retirees, however the relief applies only to pensioners with benefits up to PLN 12,800 gross. On the other hand, retirees with the longest seniority will lose on the Polish Ladabecause their pensions will not be fully covered by the increased tax exempt amount, and will additionally pay a higher health insurance premium. There are currently 457 people in Poland with pensions exceeding PLN 12,800 gross.
Dr. Antoni Kolek, the head of the Pension Institute, quoted by “Wyborcza”, claims that introducing a solution that will make pensioners lose the Polish Lada is a breach of the principle of trust in the state. It does not matter whether it will be 4 thousand. or 400 people. The legislator cannot receive benefits earned regardless of whether it is in the form of an additional tax, contribution or other public levy.