Monday, March 25, 2013
Ultra-Orthodox families in Israel to lose NIS 6,000 a month in benefits
One of the most important clauses in the coalition agreement calls for introducing, into the means test for one of the Housing Ministry's affordable housing programs, the ability to join the labor force. Most of the homes included in the program so far are in Haredi neighborhoods and communities, and the means test emphasizes factors, such as how long the applicants have been married, that tend to privilege the ultra-Orthodox.
“The Israeli public made clear in the last election that they are no longer willing to carry the cost of supporting of tens of thousands of families of avrekhim who don’t want to work,” said Shahar Ilan, deputy director of Hiddush. “We have to hope that Finance Minster [Yair] Lapid will act quickly to meet his commitments.”