The PSD parliamentary group intended to amend a decree law (126-A/2017) to allow citizens with disabilities not to be disadvantaged in obtaining social support due to delays in carrying out medical meetings and obtaining the Medical Certificate of Multipurpose Disability. The proposal provided that beneficiaries could start receiving the inclusion subsidy from the moment they requested it.
According to the PSD, the deadline for accessing a medical board is 60 days, but the waiting time is much longer, and can exceed three years, which leaves the lives of vulnerable people “on hold”, as he underlined. Congresswoman Carla Madureira.
The PCP also proposed amendments to the law in question, to “improve access conditions” for people with disabilities to social assistance for inclusion and change the moment from which payment is due to applicants.
“In situations where the holder attaches proof of the request for certification of the disability, the benefit is due from the month of that request, even if the approval is dependent on the presentation of the original Medical Certificate of Multipurpose Disability”, defended the communists in the text presented and defended by Deputy Manuel Loff.
The PAN also followed this issue with a bill aimed at guaranteeing access to social benefits for inclusion, “in cases of delay in notifying the medical board”, with the delay not being the responsibility of the users.
The party presented another legislative initiative to ensure that periodic updates of the reference value of the solidarity supplement for the elderly “can never have a value below the poverty line”.
Deputy Inês Sousa Real cited data from a study released this week, according to which 1.9 million people live in poverty, a number that would reach almost half of the Portuguese population, without existing social support.
The depurada from the Bloco de Esquerda Isabel Pires defended a bill to extend the protection conferred by social provision for inclusion.
“Recognition of the right to benefit may exceptionally cover holders of a degree of disability of less than 60%, who are in a particularly serious situation of incapacity and/or dependence attested by an opinion from the INR” (National Institute for Rehabilitation), they proposed BE deputies, for whom a question of justice is at stake.
Livre took a bill to the plenary session to “introduce justice into the system”, by including the possibility of cumulating the social benefit with the social old-age pension.
Deputy Rui Tavares also exemplified that a child who is born with a disability should receive support from birth and expressed support for legislative initiatives presented by other parties.
The Liberal Initiative, through Carla Castro, maintained that the payment should be made retroactive, given the delays exposed.
Chega, through the voice of deputy Bruno Nunes, focused on the issue of delays to question whether the former manager of TAP Alexandra Reis has already returned any amount related to the millionaire compensation she received (500,000 euros) when she left the company, in circumstances that are still being investigated and which have already motivated the parliamentary hearing of the same.
The PS claimed social benefits created by socialist governments to reject proposals from opposition parties.
“The Government aims to ensure, by the end of the legislature, that the value of the solidarity supplement for the elderly reaches the subsistence benchmark equal to or above the poverty line”, declared Socialist parliamentarian Cristina Sousa.
“In line with this objective, the Government has updated the reference value of the solidarity supplement for the elderly with an increase of 600 euros in the year”, he added.
The PSD project, rejected by the PS, had the favorable votes of Chega, the Liberal Initiative, the PCP, the BE, the Livre and the PAN.
The PCP initiative received favorable votes from Chega, BE, PAN and Livre. The PS voted against and the PSD and IL abstained.
PAN projects were rejected. The initiative relating to the solidarity supplement for the elderly obtained votes against from PS and PSD and in favor of Chega, IL, BE, PCP and Livre, with the other (social benefit for inclusion) receiving votes in favor of PSD, Chega, IL, PCP, BE and Livre. The PS voted against.
The BE bill was rejected with PS and PSD votes against. The PCP, PAN and Livre voted in favor and Chega and the Liberal Initiative abstained.
Livre’s diploma project was voted favorably by the PCP, the BE and the PAN. The PS voted against. PSD, Chega and IL abstained.
Source: Correio da Manhã by www.cmjornal.pt.
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