The Mieszkanie dla Młodych (Flat for Youth) program will include more pro-family mechanisms. Such was the decision made yesterday by the Council of Ministers, when the amendment to the act on state support for young people acquiring their first flat was passed. It involves greater support for families (as well as single parents) with three or more kids – informs “Dziennik Gazeta Prawna”.
According to commentators, although the changes are positive, the program will still not meet its main objectives.
– It will contribute neither to an increased supply of new flats, nor to a significant increase in the number of young people who own a flat – points out Piotr Wołejko, expert of Employers of Poland. He also stresses that still too few flats meet the price criteria specified in the relevant act.
– The government is also committing a fundamental mistake in maintaining that unused funds assigned to MdM for each year should return to the budget in order to decrease the deficit – Wołejko adds. He reminds that in 2014 – the first year of the program – only as little as 34.5 percent the total sum of 600 mln PLN was used (a little over 32000 mln PLN).
– If the objective of MdM is really to help young people buy flats, as well as dealing with the chronic deficit on the real estate market and contributing to labour market growth, the such restricted resources – 3.5 bln PLN in total until the end of 2018 – should be assigned exclusively to the pursuit of these objectives, rather than to decreasing budget deficit – accentuates Wołejko.