Some 100 people with disabilities protest outside the government building in Tel Aviv، blocking the Kaplan-Givat HaTahmoshet intersection during the evening rush hour; they call on the government to raise their disability allowance to NIS 5،000، to match minimum wage، as Ynet said.
Last week، Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon، Welfare Minister Haim Katz and coalition chairman David Bitan to discuss the disability allowance. The three agreed to establish a team to determine what the increase would be. The team will be headed by Prof. Avi Simhon، the head of the National Economic Council، and will include representatives from the Finance، Welfare and Health ministries as well as the National Insurance Institute. The team is expected to recommend to the Finance and Welfare ministries to significantly raise the disability allowance to NIS 4،000 ($1،110) in a gradual manner.
At present، the disability allowance is NIS 2،342 ($650) a month. The committee is expected to recommend to raise the allowance to some NIS 3،000 ($835) in the first stage and later، in several stages، up to some NIS 4،000.
The disabled protesters، meanwhile، demand to raise their allowance to equal minimum wage—at present some NIS 5،000 ($1،390)، but is expected to increase in 2018.
Last week، some 50 protesters blocked the area around the Chords Bridge at the entrance to Jerusalem، demanding to raise the disability allowance and receive aid in buying medicine.