Despite governmental pronouncements and growing public pressure, the Finance Ministry is delaying a plan to support Holocaust survivors living in Israel, Welfare and Social Services Minister Isaac Herzog said Monday.

“Unfortunately, up until now our plan has not been met with a response by the Finance Ministry, which refuses to accept the proposal, even after it has been cut,” Herzog said at a meeting of the Knesset’s Immigration and Absorption Committee, which discussed a new assistance program for Holocaust survivors in Israel.

Approximately 250,000 Holocaust survivors are thought to be living in the country.

Nearly one-third of them live in poverty, recent welfare reports have found, prompting growing calls for additional government assistance.