15/10/2013 in Público
At least 500 thousand children and teenagers have lost their right to child benefit between 2009 and 2012. In 2012, the risk of poverty was at 28.6%, indicates a report supplied by UNICEF Portugal to the Committee of Child Rights.
The document reports that, in 2011, the poverty rate among children rose to 28.6%. Almost two years later these numbers could be even worse.
This value takes into account 46 thousand families which have lost their right to social inclusion income, “particularly affecting children from poorer backgrounds” and leading to “an unprecedented rise” in the number of requests for support and assistance.
This was reflected, for example, in the number of cases that came to the committee for the protection of children and teenagers, which increased to 65% in 2012 – putting the country at the bottom of Europe’s 27 list.