Prime Minister’s Office decides to delay payment of additional benefits to survivors by at least two months, citing necessary bills are still in the works.

‘Government might find itself facing unprecedented protest,’ warns head of survivors’ welfare fund

Yael Branovsky

The Prime Minister’s Office decided Tuesday to delay – again – the distribution of aid funds to Holocaust survivors, this time until March.

The funds were supposed to be transferred to the survivors by January 1st, but according to the decision, no funds will be funneled until new bills on the matter are introduced, determining the criteria and guidelines for financial aid to the elderly public in general, including Holocaust survivors.

According to the government’s original relief program, the State will allocate $260 million to the welfare of the elderly population; an additional $130 million will be given as aid to those defined “in dire financial need” and all funds will be distributed in the form of Social Security benefits.