Tusk promised to liquidate it. Church fund with a record amount

During the election campaign, the Civic Platform promised to liquidate the Church Fund. Meanwhile, the Fund will receive a record amount in the new budget.

Among the 100 specific things that the Civic Platform wanted to implement after coming to power was the liquidation of the Church Fund. Meanwhile, the draft budget for 2014 prepared by the new government includes a provision of PLN 257 million, which will be transferred to the Fund.

A record amount

Initially, this amount was included in the draft budget by the government of Mateusz Morawiecki. These funds are at record levels. As the website Interia.pl reminds, in 2015 PLN 128 million from the state budget was spent for this purpose.

Donald Tusk’s cabinet not only failed to liquidate the Fund but also failed to reduce the amount allocated to it, despite pre-election promises.

In an interview with money.pl, politicians from the left and PSL announced that the topic of liquidating or changing the operation of the Church Fund will certainly return sooner or later.

It is also worth recalling that Szymon Hołownia, the leader of Poland 2050, also announced the liquidation of the Fund during the election campaign.

Donations to the Church Fund

Until 2012, government subsidies to the Church Fund amounted to less than PLN 100 million. However, since 2016, these amounts have increased significantly.

At first the amount increased to PLN 145.3 million. In the following two years it was even more, namely in 2017 – PLN 158.5 million, and in 2018 – PLN 176.3 million. The exception was 2019, when the value of transferred funds decreased slightly – to PLN 170.7 million.

According to the report of the Supreme Court of Audit (NIK), the budget within the Church Fund in 2020 was originally expected to amount to PLN 140.8 million, but ultimately the Fund was increased to PLN 181.8 million. In 2021, the draft budget law assumed an amount of around PLN 140 million, while in the draft for 2022 this amounted to more than PLN 192 million.

Source: Do Rzeczy