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MIL OSI-C. Mediterranean Region: Portugal

1. Extended Social Inclusion Benefit for children and young people with a disability of 60% or more

The Government approved today in the Council of Ministers the extension of the Social Inclusion Benefit (PSI) to childhood, enabling children and young people with a disability that gives them a degree of disability equal to or greater than 60%, upon request, to access the basic component of this benefit.

With the introduction of this amendment, PSI will support people with disabilities throughout their life, including compensation for disability overheads. With this new phase of implementation, people with disabilities are reinforced with their social protection, in particular when disability is congenital or acquired at an early stage of life that may impair their training, educational and / or career pathways and their inherent constitution. social rights of a contributory nature.

This extension of the PSI to infancy consists of a lump sum corresponding to 50% of the base component reference value, regardless of the economic resources available to the family. The amount awarded is increased by 35% when the child lives in a single parent household.

The extension of PSI’s personal scope to childhood and youth allows for the accumulation with other social benefits, namely the orphan’s pension.

The decision approved by the Council of Ministers follows the Government’s bet on the reformulation of social benefits in the area of disability. Thus, one of the most fragile areas of the social security system is largely reformed, in a spirit of modernization, simplification and improvement of social protection, and was gradually and phased in by the progressive development of the PSI.

PSI was created in October 2017 and since then more than 95,500 people have had access to a new social protection paradigm, oriented towards the autonomy and labor participation of people with disabilities.

A year later, in October 2018, with the start of the 2nd phase of implementation, called “complement”, more than 8,400 people with disabilities received an additional amount of protection against poverty.

Last July, 95 549 PSI beneficiaries were registered, an increase of 14.1% over the same month of 2018.

Read the full statement attached.

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