On Monday, the President of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, announced that the Emergency Family Income (IFE) for April, May and June would be strengthened to help 13.3 million people who have been affected by the pandemic.
The benefit of 100,000 Chilean pesos (US$143) per person will be extended to 6 million families, more than double the number of recipients in March, and there will be no requirements for those that fall within 80% of the most vulnerable on the Households Social Registry. This means that a family of four will receive 400,000 Chilean pesos per month for April, May and June, regardless of the health status of the municipality where they live.
“We understand the needs and suffering of the most vulnerable and many middle-class families. We feel their pain. Therefore, listening to what the people are saying and merging it with proposals by lawmakers from the Chile Vamos coalition and our strong commitment to not leave families in need unprotected and alone, we want to announce today that the Emergency Family Income will have expanded benefits, wider coverage, better access and greater universality,” said the President at La Moneda Palace.
“We are aware that there are still individuals and families who have not received the support they need. We are working hard to include them in the Social Protection Network,” added President Piñera, who was accompanied by Interior Minister, Rodrigo Delgado; Finance Minister, Rodrigo Cerda; Social Development Minister, Karla Rubilar; Minister Secretary General of the Government, Jaime Bellolio; and Minister Secretary General of the Presidency, Juan José Ossa.
President Piñera stressed that “in order to be able to responsibly finance this benefit and continue strengthening the Social Protection Network, thereby assisting vulnerable sectors and the middle class, we are indicating our willingness to seek agreements that would increase tax collection, incorporating greater efforts by higher income groups, so as to build a more fair and equitable country.”
Strengthening of the IFE will be financed by public funds totaling US$ 5.5 billion. The President also noted that as of Monday, more than 1.5 million Middle Class Bonuses had been approved.