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Factsheet for case PT-2020-14/426 – measures in Portugal

Temporary and exceptional support to the emergency reinforcement of public and solidary health and social care services

Apoio temporário e excecional ao reforço de emergência de equipamentos sociais e de saúde dos setores público e solidário

Country Portugal , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 April 2020 – 30 June 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Smoothing frictions or reallocation of workers
Author Heloisa Perista and Maria da Paz Campos Lima (CESIS) and Eurofound
Case created 09 April 2020 (updated 05 May 2020)

Background information

The organisations of the social and solidarity sector have traditionally been key partners of the state in the provision of services of general interest to the populations and in the satisfaction of collective needs. These organisations are particularly exposed to the effects of the pandemic, which generates unbearable situations of overload.

Therefore, the Order 82-C/2020 of 28 March 2020 provides for a temporary and exceptional measure to support the emergency reinforcement of health and social care facilities, in order to ensure the capacity of response of the public and solidaristic institutions operating in the health and social area, during the pandemic of COVID-19.

Content of measure

This Order creates a support measure regarding the emergency reinforcement of health and social care facilities, in order to ensure the capacity of response of the public and solidary institutions operating in the health and social area, during the pandemic of COVID-19. It also introduces an extraordinary regime increasing the monthly grant of «Contrato emprego-inserção» (CEI) and «Contrato emprego-inserção+» (CEI+) in projects developed in these institutions, with the duration of three months.

Eligibility criteria:

  1. Public bodies or private non-profit organisations operating in the social and health area, such as health services, hospitals, residential care or home care for elderly or persons with a disability or incapacity may be promoters of the measure.
  2. Projects associated with situations of overload in the organisations due to the pandemic, namely derived from the increase in the activities or to the temporary impediment of their workers due to illness, prophylactic isolation or care for relatives or dependents. These projects are framed within the concept of socially useful work. They have one month duration, that may be extended up to three months.

The recipients of the measure may be persons who are not aged over 60 and do not deserve specific protection belonging to the following groups:

  • unemployed receiving unemployment benefit;
  • unemployed receiving minimum income; 
  • other unemployed;
  • workers whose employment contract was suspended or with a reduced working time;
  • part-time workers; students, particularly in higher education, and trainees, preferentially in relevant domains, aged 18 or over.

The promoters ensure food, transportation (or transportation allowance), accidents at work insurance and personal protective equipment to the recipients. They also ensure payment of a grant, co-funded in 90% by the Institute of Employment and Vocational Training (Instituto do Emprego e Formação Profissional, I.P. - IEFP, I.P.).

The unemployed receiving unemployment benefit are entitled to a complementary monthly grant equal to the social support index (Indexante de Apoios Sociais - IAS) (€438,81 in 2020). The other recipients are entitled to a monthly grant equal to 1.5 times the IAS. The increase in the monthly grant of «Contrato emprego-inserção» (CEI) and «Contrato emprego-inserção+» (CEI+) is equal to 0.8 times the IAS for the unemployed receiving unemployment benefit and to 0.5 times the IAS for the remaining participants. This increase is fully paid by IEFP, I.P.

Use of measure

Not available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Unemployed
Other groups of workers
Sector specific set of companies
Youth (18-25)

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
Public employment service
Public support service providers
National funds
Other

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Informed Informed
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level

Involvement

N/A

Views and reactions

These measures are subject to regular assessment by the Standing Committee for Social Concertation (Comissão Permanente da Concertação Social).

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      Q - Human Health And Social Work Activities Q86 Human health activities
      Q87 Residential care activities
      Q88 Social work activities without accommodation

This case is not occupation-specific.

Sources

  • 31 March 2020: Portaria n.º 82-C/2020 - Diário da República n.º 64/2020, 2º Suplemento, Série I de 2020-03-31  Publicação: Diário da República n.º 64/2020, 2º Suplemento, Série I de 2020-03-31  Publicação: Diário da República n.º 64/2020, 2º Suplemento, Série I de 2020-03-31 (dre.pt)

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Temporary and exceptional support to the emergency reinforcement of public and solidary health and social care services, case PT-2020-14/426 (measures in Portugal), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.