New Bolsa Família format worries Brazilians; What will CHANGE for beneficiaries?

Bolsa Família is an income transfer program created to help people in situations of social vulnerability. Check out the new rules.

Bolsa Família, a fundamental program in the fight against poverty in Brazil, faces a moment of transformation in 2024. The changes generate expectations and concerns among millions of beneficiary families.

Adjustments to the format aim to increase the effectiveness of the support offered, directly impacting the lives of the most vulnerable. This scenario raises debates about the implementation, financing and sustainability of the proposed changes.

It is worth noting that many beneficiaries fear being cut off from the income transfer in 2024. Continue reading this article to find out what could happen with Bolsa Família.

Brazilians worry about changes to Bolsa Família – Credit: @jeanedeoliveirafotografia /

New Bolsa Família format: what to expect?

In 2023, the Lula administration announced a new format for Bolsa Família. The Ministry of Social Development and Combating Hunger opted for several changes to the social program, including the values.

Now, families can receive more money. The minimum benefit is R$600. If the family has up to four members, they receive this amount. However, families with five people or more receive R$142 per capita.

It is worth noting that Brazilians can also count on additional benefits from Bolsa Família. Families with children up to six years of age receive R$150 per member in that age group.

Meanwhile, families with children between seven and 18 years old receive an additional R$50. The same applies to pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Impact on families

For millions of Brazilian families, Bolsa Família is a vital source of financial support that helps guarantee food, education and health.

The planned changes have the potential to provide even greater relief for those living in vulnerable situations, allowing broader access to opportunities for their social and economic development.

However, so that the Government can afford the new values, it is carrying out a fine-tooth comb. In other words, the registration update. In 2023, millions of beneficiaries had Bolsa Família canceled.

According to the MDS, anyone who does not meet the eligibility criteria runs the risk of losing payment. For this reason, the agency continues with the cadastral investigation in 2024.

Cancellation is different from suspension. In the first case, the Brazilian has the payment canceled permanently. Meanwhile, in the second case, there is the possibility of Bolsa Família being paid again, as long as the group meets the criteria.

Find out who can sign up for income transfer

In general, there are three criteria for Brazilians to register for Bolsa Família. Check out.

Per capita income: families must fall into specific income bands, defined as the limit for poverty and extreme poverty. The value considered for Bolsa Família in 2024 is R$218 per capita family; Registration: it is necessary to be registered in the Single Registry for Social Programs of the Federal Government (CadÚnico), keeping the data always up to date;Conditionalities: maintenance of the benefit may be conditioned on the school attendance of children and adolescents and health monitoring (vaccination and pre -Christmas, for example).

How to sign up for CadÚnico

First of all, it is important to check whether you meet the criteria for registration with CadÚnico.

Generally, eligible families are those with a monthly income per person of up to half a minimum wage or a total monthly income of up to three minimum wages.

Finally, the person responsible for the family must go to CRAS (Social Assistance Reference Center). He must be over 16 years old, preferably a woman, and live in the house. This will be the main interlocutor between the family and CadÚnico.

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