More than 80% of beneficiaries of exceptional family support in 2020 were women, demonstrating the large imbalance that persists in childcare provision. The data was released by Minister of Labor and Social Security Ana Mendes Godinho to justify the changes to the support, which will be approved on Thursday, which include an increase in the amount for parents who declare this support for their children between the two to be shared.
“82% of the situations in which family support was used were women, which shows an imbalance in the presence of women in the workplace and a lack of shared responsibility,” said Ana Mendes Godinho at the end of a meeting with social partners on the subject introduce changes to them on the table and which should go into effect “as soon as possible”.
The main change that the government will approve relates to expanding the universe of people who can ask for this support by involving parents in teleworking, although the solution found does not meet the demands of the unions and opposition parties.
Given the difficulties in reconciling teleworking and childcare, the exceptional support is given to parents who work at home and have children in the first cycle of basic education (up to the 4th year), including daycare and preschool, or the relatives with disabilities and have disabilities of at least 60%. Teleworking single parent families are also covered.
In order to promote a balance in the division of responsibilities, the level of support is increased to guarantee 100% of the base salary (instead of the 66% provided for the other situations) when single families are involved or in situations where father is involved and mother explain that childcare is shared by both. It is, said the minister, “compensation for families in which there is a change in childcare between men and women”.
Ana Mendes Godinho, who was interviewed by the PUBLIC, said that control over the division of responsibilities would be carried out through a declaration in which the parents themselves assume that the supervision of the children will be shared. “To ensure that this support is processed and dealt with quickly, we assume that the people themselves issue statements of responsibility,” he said.
Social security will ensure the payment of the difference between 66% and 100% of the basic remuneration so that companies are not burdened with this state “measure of public order”.
At the end of Wednesday’s meeting, the Minister of Labor justified the changes with the executive’s assessment of the measure, which was resumed on January 22 with the closure of schools – without ever referring to criticism from opposition parties who proposed changes on Thursday will be submitted. not even to the Ombudsman’s appeals – and to the difficulties identified in reconciling teleworking with help for young children.
“Together with the social partners, we have standardized the situations in which it is difficult to reconcile teleworking with help for children,” said Ana Mendes Godinho.
Thus, exceptional family support will be available to those teleworking when single families are involved, parents responsible for children participating in the 1st cycle, or in situations where a dependent dependent has at least 60 people is%. In the current version, teleworking parents, even in situations where one of them continues to work outside the home, have a legitimate absence to look after their children, but do not have access to support reserved for those who personally work with children up to 12 years.
In any case, the solution found by the government leaves parents out of teleworking with children between the ages of ten and twelve.
Since the government decided to close schools in mid-January, Social Security has received 68,000 requests for family support. The minister did not say how the proposed changes will affect the budget and how many workers who now have no access to exceptional family support are now insured.
In 2020, the support reached 201,000 families and cost 83 million euros.