The proposed bill: The state will double children´s savings; the savings will be deposited from the day they´re born until the age of 18. Parents will deposit money in their children´s name, in an account that will have an interest rate of no less than 5% per annum - and the state will deposit an equal sum | one of the main initiators of the law is YEDID.
The Ongoing Crisis at the National Insurance Institute NII (Social Security)
The government doesn’t heed the recommendations of the NII, the institution responsible for securing the basic minimal rights of the citizens of Israel. Half of the income support benefits never make it into the accounts of those eligible, because of failures in the rights accessing system. NII allowances don’t even cover half of the sum needed for “minimal existence with dignity.” And the deficit continues to swell. How can the NII be saved from itself?
Daniel´s parents died when he was little. When Ro´i was 15, his father murdered his mother and then committed suicide. Shira became a mother at 19, and she’s now trying to survive on the cold streets of Jerusalem. They, along with approximately 1,700 other homeless people, are known to the Welfare Department, and roam between abandoned buildings. The State isn´t doing enough to help them.
Itzik, a burly Telly Savalas look-a-like, comes to YEDID’s Tel Aviv center two days a week to help people resolve housing problems. He is a retired industrial engineer who worked in the Civil Service for more than three decades.
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“There are huge problems in Kiryat Malachi”. “It’s an impoverished community with a large Ethiopian population.” And as most of us know, the Ethiopian immigrants remain at the bottom rungs of the socio-economic ladder.
S’ is a father who has for some years now has had to bring up three children by himself. He’s supposed to be able to manage everything on only NIS 2,717 a month. The clerk doesn’t even look at him as she writes: “request denied.”