On Friday President Sebastián Piñera highlighted the Emergency Family Income payments made to more than 1.5 million households as part of the social protection network that the Government has set up to address the socioeconomic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The benefit was extended to 1,506,575 families, including households with formal income that received the first payment and for whom the benefit was recalculated; families who were excluded from the first payment but now qualify; and households that include someone over 70 who receives the Basic Solidarity Pension or someone who receives the Basic Solidarity Pension for Disability.
“We want it to reach all the families that need it,” explained the President, who was accompanied by Social Development Minister Cristián Monckeberg.
The maximum payment is 100,000 Chilean pesos (US$125) per person, so a four-person family has an assured income of 400,000 Chilean pesos for July and August.
The Emergency Family Income currently benefits the 80% most vulnerable households in Chile, covering families without formal income as well as those with formal income below the established threshold.
The Emergency Family Income is compatible with other benefits and so it does not exclude families covered by the Employment Protection Law, Unemployment Insurance or the benefit for self-employed workers.
Of the nearly 2 million households that have benefited from the Emergency Family Income to date, more than 60% are headed by women and more than 67% are outside Santiago.
“We are not going to leave any Chilean family unprotected,” said the President.
Qualifying families that have not yet received this second Emergency Family Income payment may request it until July 9, through the www.ingresodeemergencia.cl website.