Covid-19: extraordinary support for workers’ income will be extended

Covid-19: extraordinary support for workers’ income will be extended
Covid-19: extraordinary support for workers’ income will be extended

The Extraordinary Support for Workers’ Income (AERT) will be extended, to include situations with falls in income registered in the first quarter of this year, the Minister of Labor, Solidarity and Social Security announced in the parliament on Tuesday.

Minister Ana Mendes Godinho was speaking in parliament at a joint hearing with the Minister of State, Economy and Digital Transition, Pedro Siza Vieira, about the economic and social response to the covid-19 pandemic, carried out at the request of the PSD.

The official said that the AERT, support that came into force with the State Budget for 2021 (OE2021), will be changed “to extend and ensure that the calculation of the loss of revenue with reference to the first quarter of 2021 is already taken into account coverage of workers “.

The objective is to guarantee that the breaks felt in the confinement “will be taken into account when defining the support”, explained the minister.

We want to ensure that the breaks experienced in the confinement in 2020/2021 will be taken into account when defining support and with retroactive payments, to ensure that those who requested in January and saw the request not granted for not having a breach in the last quarter of 2020 face 2019 is covered and also that who has no activity in 2019 has a way to be covered “, said Ana Mendes Godinho.

The AERT covers workers in situations of economic protection and provides support between 50 euros and 501.16 euros, subject to the condition of resources, in most situations.

At the hearing, the minister also said that the Government is preparing a new mechanism for “simplifying installment plans for settling debts to Social Security”, no longer requiring guarantees, and there is now “tacit approval” for there to be a response fast.

Ana Mendes Godinho also took stock of the measures to support employment within the scope of covid-19, indicating that “at today’s date”, the data from January to March of the execution of Social Security show that 951 million euros were paid these three months.

“This means 59% more compared to the average monthly expenditure of 2020 with the extraordinary measures created under the scope of covid-19”, stressed the Minister of Labor.

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