Today, the Social Development and Family Minister, Sebastián Sichel, and the Minister Secretary-General of the Presidency, Felipe Ward, enacted a law to create the Emergency Family Income which will benefit about 2 million households, representing close to 4.9 million people.
With respect to passing the legislation, Minister Sichel stressed that “the need for urgency also refers to dignity, ‘when’ is often as or more important than ‘how much’ and at times, in politics, we forget that. This is very important in crisis situations and we took note of this during discussions on the Emergency Family Income bill.”
Correspondingly, the head of the General Secretariat of the Presidency, Felipe Ward, underscored how significant the relationship between the Executive and Congress is during a crisis. “A few days ago, we received very clear instructions from the President of the Republic to move as quickly as possible on passing this legislation. Yes, it is true that we will not be in agreement on every bill and there will be some debate, this is normal. Yet, to a large extent, there has been a spirit of collaboration among a vast majority of members of congress and we hope that this continues because when politicians are in agreement, citizens win,” he said.
As of today, those who would like to check the requirements for this benefit, which can be requested as of May 20, can go to www.ingresodeemergencia.cl to find all of the relevant information.
“Families are asking, ’How do we apply?’ They must check their Households Social Registry. If you fall within the 60% most vulnerable and have no other income reported in the system, then you are automatically eligible for the benefit,” explained Minister Sichel.
Fall within the most vulnerable 60% during the months of the emergency, are not part of the 10% with the highest income in the medium term, and do not have formal income as salary resulting from, for example, a work contract, the logic being that those individuals could benefit from other measures being adopted to protect income in the midst of the pandemic.
Households with at least one adult age 70 or older receiving a Basic Solidarity Pension (PBS), that do not belong to either the first nor the second group of households that were initially included in the bill, and that fall within 80% of the most vulnerable in the country based on the Socioeconomic Qualification under the Households Social Registry.