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Factsheet for measure PT-2022-10/2432 – measures in Portugal

Monthly subsidy for families to counter inflation

Medida de apoio a famílias

Country Portugal , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 02 March 2022
Context War in Ukraine
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Responses to inflation
– Increasing income in general
Author Paula Carrilho and Ana Brázia (CESIS)
Measure added 01 June 2022 (updated 20 June 2022)

Background information

The situation of armed conflict in Ukraine had an effect on the price of basic foodstuffs and fuel. To mitigate the effects of the extraordinary increase in the prices of essential goods, the Government created an extraordinary support of €60 per month for families with low income or who is covered by social benefits.

Content of measure

A monthly payment of €60 is provided to households that meet certain socio-economic criteria. The list of the beneficiaries is drawn up by Directorate-General for Energy and Geology (Direção-Geral de Energia e Geologia - DGEG) as the households final customers have to be beneficiaries of the social electricity tariff (tarifa social de eletricidade) and/or the contract holder is the beneficiary of:

  • solidarity supplement for the elderly
  • social integration income
  • unemployment benefits
  • social old-age pension
  • social disability pension (of the special regime or of the complement of the social benefit for inclusion)
  • family allowance (first and second levels)

Use of measure

According to the Institute Social Security, support was granted in April to 762,320 beneficiaries of the social energy tariff. In addition to these, another 68,000 families will be covered by the support measure.

The measure has a cost of €55 million, according to state budget of 2022.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Other groups of citizens
People on social benefits
People on low incomes

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

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

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement as case not in social partner domain No involvement as case not in social partner domain
Form Not applicable Not applicable

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

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


No involvement of social partners.

Views and reactions




Eurofound (2022), Monthly subsidy for families to counter inflation, measure PT-2022-10/2432 (measures in Portugal), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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