Benefits on the rise. More than 1,600 PLN per month for an unemployed person

Unemployment benefits: indexation forecasts in 2024

When forecasting the amount of unemployment benefits, it is appropriate to rely on indicators regarding the increase in the average price level of consumer goods and services for the previous year. The National Bank of Poland announced that the expected inflation rate in 2023 would be around 11.5%. at 12.3 percent, setting the average at 11.9 percent. This means an increase in the benefit amounts for unemployed people entitled to this benefit.

What are the current unemployment compensation rates?

Current unemployment benefit rates apply from June 2023. As the expert points out, its amount depends on the duration of its collection and the period giving right to its collection.

The amount of the benefit is not determined uniformly for all persons entitled to it and depends on the length of the collection period. According to the rates that will remain in force until the end of May next year, the basic allowance during the first 90 days of eligibility for the allowance is PLN 1,491.90, while in the period of the following days of eligibility for the benefit, this amount is reduced to 1,171.60 PLN. An unemployed person whose membership period is less than five years is entitled to an allowance reduced by 80%. In turn, an unemployed person who has had benefit periods of more than 20 years is entitled to an increased benefit, i.e. 120%. – explains Dr. Patryk Kuzior, assistant professor at WSB University in Dąbrowa Górnicza, in an interview with gazetaprawna.pl.

Current prices in 2023.

Basic allowance 100 percent:

  • during the first 90 days of entitlement to benefits – PLN 1,491.90,
  • during the following days of entitlement to benefits – 1,171.60 PLN.

Benefit reduced by 80%:

  • during the first 90 days of entitlement to benefits – 1,193.60 PLN,
  • during the following days of entitlement to benefits – PLN 937.30

Benefit increased by 120 percent:

  • during the first 90 days of entitlement to benefits – 1,790.30 PLN,
  • during the following days of entitlement to benefits – PLN 1,406.00

Increase in unemployment benefits: only in June

However, the expected increase in benefits due to unemployed people entitled to this benefit will not take place from January 1, but only from June 1, 2024.

Full-time employees whose salary corresponds to the legal minimum will benefit from a record salary increase from January 1, 2024, while those who do not have a job but are entitled to unemployment benefits will not have such a reason to be happy. Of course, high inflation also requires indexation and this benefit, but unfortunately this does not happen at the beginning of the year. The law on employment promotion and market institutions provides in art. 72 articles 6, that benefits are subject to indexation from June 1 on the average annual price index of all consumer goods and services of the previous year. Benefits are not indexed if the level of average annual prices of consumer goods and services has not changed or has decreased. As we know perfectly well, the average annual price level of consumer goods and services has changed significantly, but according to the mechanism discussed here, this will only translate into unemployment benefits in June 2024. – explains Dr. Patryk Kuzior.

The unemployed will receive more: increases of up to PLN 178

The indexation of benefits next year means an increase in unemployment benefits.From June 1, 2024, unemployed people will be able to count on increases of up to PLN 178 per month for benefits paid to people during the first 90 days of entitlement to benefits. For people who are entitled to this benefit in the following days after becoming entitled to the benefit, the amount will be 140 PLN per month.

How much will the new unemployment benefit rate be?

The new unemployment benefit rates will apply until June 1, 2024. According to the forecast, which assumes that the average increase in the level of prices and consumer goods in 2023 will be 11.9%, in 2024 we can expect the indexation of benefits, such as unemployment benefits. Next year, these amounts will be:

  • 1,669.44 PLN – during the first 90 days of entitlement to benefits,
  • PLN 1,311.02 – during the following days of entitlement to benefits.

Change in the amount of scholarships for trainees

The indexation of unemployment benefits in June will also affect the evolution of the amount of scholarships granted to trainees, including unemployed trainees sent for training by the PUP.

The change in the amount of unemployment benefit in June 2024 will also be reflected in the amount of the grant to which trainees are entitled during the internship, since it is set at 120%. advantage,as well as a scholarship for an unemployed person directed by the starosta to undergo training. In this case, if the monthly number of training hours is at least 150 hours, the scholarship also corresponds to 120%. advantage – recalls Dr. Kuzior.

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