Poland will save millions of euros by cutting state benefits for former communist security service officers,

Poland’s interior minister announced the government will decrease state benefits paid out to thousands of former community security service officers. The cuts will take effect on October 8.

Interior Minister Mariusz Błaszczak said 39,000 former officers will be affected, saving the country’s budget an estimated PLN 500m (€116m) a year.

As reported by Radio Poland online, the maximum pensions and disability benefits for former security service employees will be no higher than average state payouts.

“This is what justice is all about,” Błaszczak said on state television.

When the plans were being debated last year, Prime Minister Beata Szydło had told reporters: “Today we are restoring social justice”.