“We are making every effort to ensure that the Food Solidarity Bonus reaches more families in Chile by increasing the number of families and the number of Chileans who will be eligible to receive this bonus”, the President announced.
The President announced that the Food Solidarity Bonus will be awarded to every family that receives the one of the State’s three welfare benefits: Family Subsidy, Family Allowance or Social Allowance (Subsidio Único Familiar, Asignación Familiar or Asignación Social), regardless of their point score on the Social Protection Register.
Fulfilling the pledge he made in his State of the Nation address on May 21st last week, the President of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, along with the Social Development Minister, Joaquín Lavín, signed the bill to establish the Food Solidarity Bonus this morning at La Moneda Palace, accompanied by some of the families who will benefit from this initiative.
The President said that “in addition to tackling the causes of poverty and inequalities, it is vital that we alleviate the consequences of poverty. This is the aim of the Food Solidarity Bonus. We are well aware that this is not a solution to the problem, but we do know that it will be welcomed by many Chilean families who are struggling and who need and deserve the support of the Government and society as a whole.”
A one-off payment of $40,000 pesos (approx. US$80) and an additional $7,500 (approx. US$15) for each child will be paid to all of the families that receive one of the State’s three welfare benefits: Family Subsidy, Family Allowance or Social Allowance, regardless of their point score on the Social Protection Register.
The President emphasized that “the bill that we are sending to Congress today will benefit 1,940,000 Chilean families, which is 7,132,000 people in total and will cost $197 million dollars.”
He also announced that “we are making every effort to ensure that the Food Solidarity Bonus reaches more families in Chile by increasing the number of families and the number of Chileans who will be eligible to receive this bonus. This means that almost one out of every two families in Chile will be eligible. Therefore, families living in poverty and also many middle class families who struggle to make ends meet will receive this bonus.”
The President confirmed that “we aim to pay this bonus at some point in July, therefore we urgently need this bill to be approved as soon as possible because once it is approved, it will take another 11 working days until the bonus is paid to the 1,940,000 families.”
The President ended his speech by thanking Congress for its collaboration in approving the Ethical Family Income bill and appealed for “this Food Solidarity Bonus bill to be approved as quickly as possible so that we can pay this benefit in July, which I am sure will alleviate the problems and difficulties that the rise in food prices has caused for many millions of Chilean families.”
“I think that everyone in Chile knows and agrees that we must transform Chile into a country that is not only greater, but also fairer. This is the aim of the Government’s social policy, because we are the Government of every Chilean and this is the aim of the Food Solidarity Bonus”, the President declared.