LN: Czechs Are Reluctant To Contribute To Parents' Pensions
Written by CTK
18 Mar 2011
Almost two-thirds of Czechs will not use the opportunity to contribute to their parents' pensions as offered by the government in its draft pension reform, according to a poll conducted by the agency Millward Brown, commissioned by daily Lidove noviny (LN) that published it yesterday.
One-quarter of those polled are considering taking the step, LN writes.
In February, Prime Minister Petr Necas's center-right coalition government agreed on the framework of the pension reform.
The plan wants children in productive age to be able to pass one percent of social insurance to their parents' pension.
As a result, parents of two children could be receiving some 500 crowns a month more.
Some 64 percent of those polled said they would not use the opportunity to contribute to their parents' pension, while 39 percent of them said they would "certainly not do so."
Some 7 percent said they would certainly contribute, 21 percent said they were considering doing so.
Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg (TOP 09, a member of the three-party coalition) told LN he was sad at the outcome of the poll, but it was not surprising.
"People have the feeling they do not have to look after their parents. Perhaps they were brought in the notion that the state will take care of everything," Schwarzenberg said.
Other ministers are of the opinion that since the government has explained wrongly the reform to the general public, the participants in the poll believe that they will contribute to the parents' pension from their own pockets.
"This is not so. There is a chance of moving one percent that they would normally send to the state system to their own parents," Industry and Trade Minister Martin Kocourek (Civic Democratic Party, ODS) told LN.
Sociologist Ivo Mozny said people were unwilling to contribute to their parents also because the government poorly explained the reform concept to the public, but a transformation of inter-generational relations may have influenced the result of the poll, too.
"A significant part of adults have divorced parents. If the family does not grow up together, the readiness to contribute to parents' pension may be smaller," Mozny said.
Transport Minister Vit Barta (Public Affairs, VV) said the proposal had been poorly proposed to the general public.
He said the VV had a poll of its own commissioned in which inter-generational solidarity was backed by 64 percent of its participants.
($1 = 17.417 crowns)
CTK Czech News Agency
Prague - 7 March 2011