From 2022, ZUS will pay out the Family Care Capital.

From January 1, 2022, an additional benefit – the Family Care Capital (RKO) – will be granted to the second and each subsequent child in the family aged between 12 and 35 months. The application for RKO to the Social Insurance Institution (ZUS) will be submitted exclusively in electronic form. The money will only be paid into a bank account.

From the new year, the care capital will be granted to families with children up to a maximum of PLN 12,000 for the second and each subsequent child between the ages of 12 and 35 months. The benefit will be paid in monthly installments – PLN 500 for 2 years or PLN 1000 monthly for 1 year, depending on the parent’s choice. The support will be independent of the family’s income, and the funds will not be subject to taxation – emphasizes Prof. Gertruda Uścińska, President of ZUS.

Parents who already have two or more young children will also be entitled to the benefit. In this case, the benefit will be granted for the second child or subsequent proportionally for the period from the date of the entry into force of the law until the end of the 35th month of the child’s life to which the capital is entitled.

– The Social Insurance Institution will be responsible for processing applications and making payments for the family care capital. The application for the Family Care Capital and attachments to the application will be submitted exclusively in electronic form, using the same teleinformatics systems as the “Dobry start” benefit application and the parental benefit under the “Rodzina 500+” program, i.e., using the Emp@tia portal, the ZUS EPU, and electronic banking – informs Beata Kopczyńska, Regional spokesperson for ZUS in the Silesian Voivodeship.

PLN 500 or PLN 1000
The Law on the Family Care Capital provides that the amount of the capital received may be changed – i.e., increased from PLN 500 to PLN 1000 monthly or decreased from PLN 1000 to PLN 500 monthly at the parent’s request, with such a request being possible only once during the period of receiving the capital.

The provisions of the law on the family care capital specify the maximum period for ZUS to consider the capital application. It is 2 months from the date of submission of the application along with the documents. On the other hand, payment of the capital due occurs no earlier than for the month from which the right to the capital arises.

If the capital is granted, the parent will receive information about the benefit being granted, which will be located in the inbox on their profile on the ZUS EPU. Also, if the application was submitted through electronic banking or the Emp@tia portal.

If the capital is not granted, ZUS will issue a refusal decision. In such a case, the parent will receive an electronic refusal decision on the ZUS EPU. An appeal to the President of ZUS is possible against the decision of ZUS, followed by a complaint to the administrative court.

Childcare subsidies
– The law also provides for subsidies for the operation of childcare facilities. The subsidy will amount to a maximum of PLN 400 per child per month in a nursery, children’s club, or with a daily caregiver – provided directly to the institution (not more than the actual amount paid by parents for that month). Here, too, there will be no income criteria – explains the spokesperson.

The subsidy will apply to children who are not covered by the family care capital. This includes, for example, first or only children in the family. Parents of the second or subsequent child in the family can also benefit from it, but only for the periods of attendance at a nursery, children’s club, or with a daily caregiver for which the family care capital is not granted (e.g., attending a nursery before the child’s 12th month of life). The subsidy applies to fees for attendance at the facility but does not cover meal fees.

The solution will be effective from April 1, 2022, but the subsidy will be granted with retroactive effect from January 1, 2022 if the child attended a nursery, children’s club, or had a daily caregiver in January and subsequent months.

Press release from ZUS