Increases in social benefits will be paid in January

Said the Minister of Labor, Solidarity and Social Security

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The Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security said today, in parliament, that increases in social benefits were signed last week to ensure that they begin to be paid in January.

Today, in a hearing at the Budget and Finance Committee, Ana Mendes Godinho said that on Thursday last week, increases in pensions, family allowances, guarantees for children, social supplements for the elderly and the resulting increase in social benefits were signed the increase in the Social Support Index (IAS).

«As we consider that these structural increases are fundamental to respond to people and families in the times we are living in, we signed these increases for 2024 last Thursday, to ensure that they can be paid as early as January», stated the minister.

The President of the Republic announced last week that he will dissolve the Assembly of the Republic and called early elections for March 10, 2024, following the resignation of the Prime Minister, António Costa.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will postpone the publication of the dissolution decree until January, allowing the final global vote on OE2024, scheduled for November 29, and the entry into force of the document. In this way, hearings on the budget proposal have continued to take place, both by ministers and entities such as the Public Finance Council.

The deadline for parties to present amendment proposals ends today at 18:00 pm.

The discussion of the document in the plenary session begins on November 23rd and continues throughout the week, with debate in the morning and votes in the afternoon, as usual.

Today, in her initial speech, Ana Mendes Godinho spoke about the current political crisis, saying that she is proud to belong to this Government and admitting that the Executive remains in “difficult political conditions”. She also praised the Prime Minister, António Costa.

“I am sure of the importance of the Prime Minister in our collective future,” he said.