Financial planning expert assesses effects of the reduction for families
Kelly Cristina is an event decorator. She is alongside millions of Brazilians who cannot work in the pandemic. “I had to reinvent myself because I had high debts from the company. I work with parties and I had to make a total installment of what I have to pay to enter these R $ 600. Now that R $ 250 is going to come I cannot think what to do with this amount ”, he says. The mother of two young children, she paid for 50% of the family’s expenses and celebrates her own residence, because she has no idea how she would pay the rent without the rent. “With this money, we will have to choose what to do. You will have to take these R $ 250 and buy food, leave the debts, let the name get dirty, not be able to pay bills. You either eat or you pay for water, electricity. ”
The party and event sector is one of the hardest hit by the financial crisis. Emergency aid was essential in 2020 for the beneficiaries, as well as for the economy of Brazil. The benefit returns from this Tuesday, 6th, with payments made until August 22, with reduced value, which should vary from R $ 150 to R $ 375. In large urban centers, the specialist in financial planning, Veridiana Lopes, estimates that families that receive R $ 150 will be able to buy about a quarter of the basic food basket. “Now the priority is really survival. We know that emergency aid has decreased a lot, so families need to prioritize essential bills for basic consumption, even for survival, ”he explains. According to the National Confederation of Trade in Goods, Services and Tourism, the percentage of indebted families reached 66% in February 2021, an increase of 1.6% over February of last year.
* With information from reporter Marcelo Mattos