The prenatal family allowance aims to encourage motherhood by compensating for the increased costs during the period of pregnancy.
The prenatal family allowance is a monetary support provided by the State to pregnant women. This benefit is attributed to the pregnant woman, from the 13th week of gestation.
The prenatal family allowance has a value equal to that of the family allowance for children under the age of one year and varies depending on the household income.
This is one of several important supports for young mothers. The State aims, therefore, to encourage motherhood and increase the birth rate in Portugal.
Read on to learn more about prenatal family allowance.
PRENATAL FAMILY ALLOWANCE: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW
WHAT ARE THE CONDITIONS FOR GRANTING THE SUBSIDY?
To qualify for the prenatal family allowance, the pregnant woman must meet certain conditions and requirements. Are they:
- Have reached the 13th week of gestation;
- Be resident in Portugal or have status as resident;
- Have the reference income equal to or less than the value established for the 3rd income bracket (equal to or less than 1.5xIASx14).
The value of the IAS (Index of Social Support) is € 421.32.
It is also necessary to take into account that the applicant for the prenatal family allowance and his / her household can not, at the date of the application, have movable assets (such as bank deposits, stocks, bonds, savings certificates, participation and units in collective investment institutions) in the amount of more than € 101,166.80, corresponding to 240xIAS.
HOW TO CALCULATE THE REFERENCE YIELD VALUE?
The reference income is calculated by summing the total income of each household member, divided by the number of children and young people entitled to the family allowance, in that same household, plus one and more the number of unborn children.
The amount calculated through this calculation is included in different income brackets.
WHAT ARE THE INCOME BRACKETS?
The income brackets are established on the basis of the IAS and the value to be considered is that set for the year to which the household income on which the reference income of the household is based.
There are three income brackets. Are they:
- 1st step – Up to € 2,949.24;
- 2nd tier – More than € 2,949.24 up to € 5,898.48;
- 3rd step – More than € 5,898.49 to € 8,847.72.
In the calculation of the household’s overall income, several categories of income are considered, such as:
- Income from dependent work (including holiday and Christmas allowances);
- Self-employment income (business and professional);
- Income from capital;
- Property income;
- Pensions (including alimony);
- Social benefits (all except benefits for family, disability and dependency charges);
- Household income subsidies or other public housing subsidies on a regular basis.
HOW LONG DO YOU RECEIVE THE PRENATAL FAMILY ALLOWANCE?
The prenatal family allowance is assigned for 6 months, from the month following that in which the 13th week of pregnancy is reached.
In cases where the period of pregnancy exceeds 40 weeks, the prenatal family allowance is awarded for 6 months or up to and including the month of birth. If the pregnancy period is less than 40 weeks, it is attributed for 6 months and can be accumulated with the family allowance for children and young people after birth.
If the pregnancy is interrupted, the payment is attributed until the month of termination of pregnancy, and this must be reported to the Social Security services.
HOW CAN SUPPORT CEASE?
Prenatal family allowance may cease if one of three situations occurs:
- Interruption of pregnancy;
- The pregnant woman no longer resides in Portugal;
- End the period of validity of the residence permit in national territory.
WHAT IS THE AMOUNT TO RECEIVE?
The amount of the allowance is variable, based on the reference income of the household and corresponds to the value of the family allowance for children and young people in the first year of life. In addition, it is further increased by 35% in single parenting situations.
A single parent is considered to be a pregnant woman living alone or in a common economy, with only children or young people entitled to the family allowance.
Thus, according to each step, the amount receivable will be:
- € 146.42 for the 1st step;
- € 120.86 for the 2nd step;
- € 95.08 for the 3rd step.
HOW TO APPLY?
The prenatal payment must be requested by the pregnant woman or in her name, by the respective legal representative, through:
- From the Social Security Direct service;
- From Form Mod. RP5045-DGSS, to be submitted to Social Security or Citizen’s shops.
It may be required during the period of pregnancy or within 6 months from the month following the birth.