Guide to Changes in Parent Support Questions and Answers

Who will have access to exceptional family support at this point?
When the government stopped teaching and non-teaching activities on Jan. 22, it again received exceptional support for the family that had been started when schools closed in 2020. According to the rules in force, only parents who work on-site and must be absent to help children up to 12 years old or loved ones with disabilities / chronic illnesses, regardless of age, can receive support. Teleworking parents, although only one of them is a homeworker, have a legitimate absence to help their children, but lose their wages and have no support.

Who will have access after the announced changes?
The changes announced seek to offset the fact that teleworking parents do not have access to support, but the conditions required are more restrictive and continue to leave out those who have children between the ages of ten and twelve. So you can ask for assistance if you are teleworking, provided you have children who are in the 1st cycle of basic education (up to the 4th year, which in some cases means that the children are up to 10 years old ), including daycare and preschool, or if you have dependents with disabilities and disabilities of at least 60%. Single-parent teleworking families who were previously excluded can also access it.

What is the value of the support?
At this point in time, the exceptional family support is 66% of the employee’s basic wage, with the minimum being the minimum wage (665 euros) and the maximum being three minimum wages (1995 euros). The amount is paid in equal parts by the employer (33%) and social security (the remaining 33%).

In what situations can the value reach 100%?
According to the new rules, the value of the support is now 100% of the basic salary when single families are involved or when the father and mother decide to support their children. Social security ensures payment of the difference compared to 66% so as not to burden the employer.

Labor Minister Ana Mendes Godinho justified this increase by saying that 82% of requests for access to exceptional family support were made by women in previous detention.

How does social security know if childcare is shared?
When parents fill out the form to ask for assistance, they must also include a statement stating that they expect the child’s care to be shared. According to the minister, this is the best way to ensure that the grant is processed and dealt with quickly.

When do these changes take effect?
The changes will go to the Council of Ministers this Thursday, February 18, and the government expects them to go into effect “as soon as possible”.

What about the potential beneficiary universe with the new rules?
The government has not indicated how the proposed changes will affect the budget, nor how many workers will have access to assistance under the new rules. So far, social security has received 68,000 requests for family support under current regulations. In 2020, support reached 201,000 families with an impact of € 83 million.

What motivated the changes to support you?
The Minister of Labor justified the changes with the difficulty of reconciling teleworking and childcare in certain situations. These difficulties were noted by the CGTP and UGT, which, at the time the government decided to close schools, were demanding that support be extended to all parents with children up to 12 years old, whether they were in person or teleworking 100% to raise awareness of situations faced by families who did not have an income to look after their children. In parliament, the Left Bloc and the PCP demanded parliamentary recognition of the diploma, the PSD promised to make proposals and the CDS defended the 100% support paid. The Ombudsman also warned of the difficulties of reconciling the teleworking regime with support for children under the age of 12 and sent a letter to the government suggesting that workers in this situation should be covered by exceptional family support . The solution found by the government does not meet the advocates of trade unions, political parties and ombudsmen.