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Factsheet for measure PT-2023-13/3204 – measures in Portugal

Financial support for vulnerable families

Apoios extraordinários para as famílias mais vulneráveis famílias mais vulneráveis

Country Portugal , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 29 March 2023 – 31 December 2023
Context War in Ukraine
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery into a green future
– Increasing income in general
Author Heloísa Perista (CESIS)
Measure added 05 June 2023 (updated 25 April 2024)

Background information

The rise in inflation has impacted the cost of living significantly. This led the government to adopt a set of measures to support families.

The government intends to support vulnerable families by creating measures that directly support their purchasing power and ensure that they are able to obtain essential goods.

In response to this issue, Decree-Law 21-A/2023 was created to support the most vulnerable families.

Content of measure

The government will provide a stipend to help households cover the increased cost of living. The stipend amounts to €30 per household per quarter. The following groups are eligible for this financial support:

  • Beneficiary families of the social electricity tariff (TSEE), by reference to the month prior to the payment of support; and
  • Households that are not beneficiaries of TSEE, but where at least one of the members of the household is a beneficiary of one of the following minimum social benefits, by reference to the month prior to the payment of the support: solidarity complement for the elderly; social insertion income; social invalidity pension of the special regime of protection in invalidity; social benefit supplement for inclusion; old age social pension; unemployment social benefit; first or second bracket family allowance.

The support is supplemented for children and young people. The supplement is €15 per month per beneficiary and is paid per quarter by social security. Those who receive the family allowance for children and young people corresponding to the first, second, third or fourth income brackets are eligible for the supplementary support as well.

Use of measure

No information on use of measure is available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses 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 known involvement of social partners.

Views and reactions

No known views or reactions from the social partners.



Eurofound (2023), Financial support for vulnerable families, measure PT-2023-13/3204 (measures in Portugal), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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