Recipients of family support payments in Argentina will have to meet stricter eligibility requirements and, some may receive less money per month, following changes announced this week by the national government.
The government has adjusted payment amounts and the base income rate which determines a family's eligibility. The payments are granted to families in which one or both parents have a formal job or who work as sole traders.
The government's decision includes the removal of additional support for families living in the southern Patagonia region in line with the higher cost of living in the south, where recipients were receiving up to twice as much as the maximum payment of $1,578 per month.
"Our aim is to reorganize payments and update the base rates", the ANSES social insurance agency said in a statement published in the Official Gazette.
Family support payments comprise 6.35 percent of the State's current account expenditure, according to the 2018 Budget, and are updated according to pensions and universal child support payments.
The base rate for the first category of recipients is 1,500 pesos, which declines as a family's income increases. ANSES will now require a family earn at least 2,816 pesos per month, up from 200 pesos, to receive family support payments.
"We found that many employees were registering their workers with a lower income than their real income in order to avoid tax obligations", Labour Minister Jorge Triaca explained.
Those who do not learn at least 2,816 pesos per month can apply for universal child support payments from ANSES.