The week ends full of news for Brazilians, some of which are positive and others not so much. In the field of good news, the Federal Senate approved the extension of Pronampe, a credit program aimed at micro and small companies.
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PFor low-income families, Congress has signaled that it must maintain Auxílio Brasil at the minimum level of R$ 400. This Friday, the 29th, the last batch of the social benefit comes out, which in some cases comes BRL 51.
Workers born in February will also find relief in their pockets. Tomorrow, the 30th, a new installment of the extraordinary FGTS withdrawal will be paid for this group.
The resources should alleviate some of the finances of citizens, who are increasingly compromised by rising food price inflation. Find out more details in this friday’s highlights.
Pronampe extension is approved in the Senate
The bill that extends the National Support Program for Micro and Small Businesses (Pronampe) until the end of 2024 was approved on Wednesday, 27, by the Senate. The implementation of the measure now depends only on presidential sanction.
As a result, the deadline for the federal government to return funds from the Operations Guarantee Fund (FOG) increases by three years. The initial forecast contained in the project is that the values would be returned from December this year.
According to senator Kátia Abreu, rapporteur for the project, more than R$ 60 billion in credits have already been released to more than 694 thousand companies. Another R$ 50 billion should be used in this new phase.
Pronampe aims to encourage the release of loans by banks, which receive tax credits in return. In the new stage, the benefited companies will be obliged to keep their jobs during the period of contracting the credit.
“At the height of a crisis, the entrepreneur taking money and being obliged not to be able to fire anyone is very heavy. We all want to keep jobs in the country, but this cannot be done by force, at the cost of the sacrifice of micro and small companies in the country. It is the growing Brazilian economy that will maintain employment and not the obligation by law”, said Senator Kátia Abreu.
Brazil aid of R$ 400 must continue
The minimum amount paid by the Auxílio Brasil program should remain at around R$400, said Senate President Rodrigo Pacheco (PSD-MG). The Provisional Measure (MP) that establishes the value was approved in the Chamber, and is now awaiting consideration in the Senate.
“Regarding the value, I imagine that there is already a tendency to maintain the value that was agreed, because on our part, the Senate, we also have a great fiscal responsibility”, anticipated Pacheco.
The deadline for the House to vote on the project ends on May 16. The senator stated that the text will be voted on in the “Senate plenary session within the expiry date”.
Last April deposits from Auxílio Brasil and gas vouchers
Caixa Econômica Federal ends this Friday the payment of the April installment of the Auxílio Brasil and gas voucher programs. About 18.06 million families received the first benefit, while almost 5.4 million had access to the second.
Each beneficiary of Auxílio Brasil received at least R$400 this month. The gas voucher portion was fixed at R$ 51, since it must correspond to 50% of the national average price of a 13 kg gas cylinder.
As usual, releases take place according to the end of the beneficiary’s Social Identification Number (NIS). Today it is the turn of Brazilians with NIS final 0 to receive financial aid.
All information about approval, blocking, amounts and payment schedule can be found in the Auxílio Brasil app, available for Android and iOS.
Why have carrots and tomatoes gone up in price so much?
The National Consumer Price Index 15 (IPCA-15) released last Wednesday showed that carrots and tomatoes led the rise in food in Brazil in the last 12 months. The index is considered a preview of the country’s official inflation.
In the 12 months to April, carrots soared 200%, while tomatoes rose 117%. The expectation for the next two months is for a fall.
One of the reasons that justifies the rise in carrot prices is intense rains that hit the country’s large plantations in January, reducing supply. Since then, a kilo of food has gone from R$10 to R$14. In addition, part of the production had to be discarded after harvesting due to soil moisture, which caused root diseases and left the carrots damp and unfit for consumption. .
In the case of tomatoes, in addition to the rains that caused losses, there is also the factor of reduction of the planted area. Since 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic, producers have had a drop in demand and decided to reduce the planting area.
The 2022 harvest was abundant, which brought down producer prices and led to a further reduction in the planted area. Adding these factors to the end of the summer harvest and the beginning of the winter harvest, which takes place in April, prices have weighed on the consumer’s pocket.
New batch of the extraordinary FGTS withdrawal tomorrow
Caixa releases on Saturday, 30th, the extraordinary withdrawal of the FGTS (Fundo de Garantia do Tempo de Serviço) for workers born in February. The calendar that started on the 20th considers the quota holders’ birthday month.
Each citizen with a balance in linked accounts can withdraw up to BRL 1,000 from their linked accounts. The money is deposited in a digital savings account of the Caixa Tem app, created automatically by the bank.
All workers have until December 15, 2022 to move the money. Check out the full FGTS extraordinary withdrawal calendar.
|Birth month||Release date of the new FGTS withdrawal|
|October||1st of june|
|December||15th of June|