840 thousand Brazilians were removed from Bolsa Família after PENTE-FINO; find out if you might be affected

Understand the changes in Bolsa Família: 840 thousand Brazilians affected by the fine-tooth comb. How does this impact you?

The Brazilian government is committed to carrying out a thorough fine-tooth comb in the registration of Bolsa Família, one of the most important social programs in the country.

With the aim of completing this review by the first half of this year, the government seeks to ensure that the program is targeted more effectively, serving families in vulnerable situations who really need the benefit.

This measure, which began in 2023, has already had a significant impact, removing around 840 thousand Brazilians from the program. In this article, we will explore this review process in more depth, its reasons and how it can affect Bolsa Família beneficiaries.

Review of Bolsa Família: 840 thousand Brazilians lose benefits. Find out the implications of this measure. (Credit: @jeanedeoliveirafotografia / pronatec.pro.br).

The fine-tooth comb in Bolsa Família: what does it mean?

The fine-tooth comb in the Bolsa Família registration is a government initiative to ensure that the program accurately serves the families that really need the assistance. The review aims to eliminate inefficient registrations and fraud that allowed undue payments to people with high incomes and individuals who were divided into several registered members.

Furthermore, it seeks to verify the so-called single-person families, which are made up of just one person and which have increased considerably due to changes in the previous program, Auxílio Brasil.

Initial results of the Bolsa Família fine-tooth comb

In 2023, the review of Bolsa Família registrations has already demonstrated significant results. Around 85% of the registration is regularized, with more than 3 million registrations canceled, partially replaced by families that joined the program. One of the focuses of this review was the verification of single-person families, which had increased considerably in relation to historical levels.

This assessment was corroborated by experts, who pointed to the increase in the number of beneficiaries during the previous government and the lack of updating records as factors that contributed to the program’s inefficiency.

Measures adopted to correct the registration

To combat fraud in single-person registrations, the Ministry of Social Development and Fight Against Hunger (MDS) adopted measures to encourage family registration in the program, establishing a per capita minimum of R$142 for beneficiaries. This measure aims to ensure that only families in vulnerable situations have access to the benefit.

Political and economic impact

In short, according to Bolsa Família, it is not just a technical issue; it also has political and economic implications. Minister Dias mentioned internal government research that indicates support for reviewing the program to ensure that it serves those who need it most. Furthermore, the measure seeks to avoid paying R$8.4 billion per year to families who are not entitled to the program.

However, the debate about expanding the program’s budget occurs amid disagreements about the management of public accounts. For 2024, the Budget Guidelines Law (LDO) establishes the goal of zeroing the fiscal deficit. If this target is maintained and not met, the rules of the fiscal framework provide for restrictions on the expansion of spending in 2025.

Future perspectives

The government is optimistic about the impact of social measures on the economy in 2024. Minister Dias predicts growth of up to 3.5% in GDP, driven by the participation of the poorest in the economy. However, economic projections vary, with some market economists predicting a smaller rise.

Ultimately, combing through the Bolsa Família registry is an important measure to ensure that the program effectively serves families in vulnerable situations. While it has had immediate impacts, it also raises questions about the long-term political and economic implications.

Program beneficiaries must pay attention to updates and established rules to ensure that they continue to receive the assistance they need. As the government continues to implement these changes, society will watch how these policies will affect Brazil’s social and economic landscape in the coming years.

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