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Asignaciones Familiares - Plan Equidad (Family allowances - Equity Plan) (2008-)



Date: 2008-
Web: Official website of the programme
Description: Conditional cash transfer programme (CCT) targeted to children and adolescents from socio-economically vulnerable households. It is part of the Equity Plan implemented from 2008. The Family Allowances - Equity Plan, expans the cash transfers associated to formal workers who contributed to the social security and is managed by the Bank of Social Security Institute (BPS) in coordination with the Ministry of Social Development (MIDES). The money transfer tries to have a significant impact on the situations of poverty and indigence, and at the same time encourages the permanence of children and youth in the formal education system, or return to it in case of dropouts.


Target population: Poor families
Geographic scale: National
Targeting method: 1) Proxy means test: Families in a situation of poverty according to the Critical Deficiency Index (ICC).
2) Categorical: Households whose income and situation of poverty is verified by members of the Social Security Bank (BPS). It also includes former users of the National Social Emergency Care Plan (PANES).
Instrument of selection: Critical Deficiency Index (CCI), calculated from the information in the BPS-MIDES entry form
Registry of recipients: Registry of beneficiaries of Asignaciones Familiares - Plan Equidad
Exit strategies or criteria: Due to reiterated breach of conditionalities in health and / or education.
Different exit criteria according to the compliance of the educational requirements
i) Until the recipient is 16 years old, when the recipient has not completed the cycle of primary education for justified reasons (for example, if his/her parents are not able to work or in jail)
ii) Until the recipient is 18 years old, if the recipient is taking classes in a level above primary education in public or private authorized institutions
iii) If the beneficiary has a disability the benefit is for life or until the recipient start receiving another kind of social security transfer, with check ups every 3 years.
Comments: Socio-economically vulnerable households are considered regardless of whether the head of household or guardian tutor is in the formal or informal labour market. They must meet technical and statistical criteria, among which are considered: household income, housing and environmental conditions, household composition, characteristics of its members and health status.


Legal framework: Law 18,227 that repeals Laws 17,139 and 17,758.
Responsible organization(s): Ministry of Social Development and Monitoring Unit
Executing organization(s): Ministry of Social Development; Social Security Institute (BPS)
Responsible organization(s) for the registry of recipients: Ministry of Social Development; Social Security Institute (BPS)
Source of funding: General revenues

1) Transferencia monetaria condicionada (Conditional cash transfer)

Recipient(s): Children and adolescents under 18
People with disabilities
Mode of transfer: Transfer according to family composition (number of sons / daughters, age, disability). The amount of the transfer to children is increased when they attend and pass in the formal education system.
Mode of delivery: Cash withdrawal
Periodicity of delivery: Monthly
Recipient of the transfer: Head of household, preference to the mother
Maximum per household: 7 recipients (children per family)
Conditionalities: Education: Enrollment and school attendance
Health: Conducting regular health checks in public or private premises for people with physical disabilities. For children and young people with mental disabilities, it must be accredited under the registry established by the Law 13,711.
Sanctions: If it proves the complete or partial falsity of the information provided by those concerned, or if it cannot verify the conditions that enable the perception of the benefit, the Social Security Institute (BPS) will proceed to the suspension of the benefit.
Comments: The allowances are differentiated by the number and level of education of the beneficiary. The base benefit is the result of multiplying $ 700 times the number of beneficiaries raised to the exponent 0.6 and dividing the result by the number of beneficiaries. For middle school students, to the latter are added the result of multiplying $ 300 by the number of such beneficiaries raised to the exponent 0.6 and dividing that figure by the number of beneficiaries. For disabled beneficiaries, the allocation will be $ 1,000.


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