Women heads of households and single mothers who stopped receiving emergency aid more than a month ago remain unexplained by the government. They are now with two parcels blocked, still unable to contest the decision.
On July 3rd, the UOL showed the situation of women who had a portion of aid blocked on June 11th. They claim that they meet all the requirements for federal government assistance and that they face even greater difficulties in paying rent and food since the benefit was blocked.
Some mothers organized themselves on social networks to demand satisfaction. An Instagram profile has over 3,700 followers and many share similar stories.
Three weeks after the first report, nothing was resolved and another installment was blocked.
The Ministry of Citizenship stated that it would be possible to verify the individual situation of women with their complete data (name, CPF, date of birth and mother’s name). O UOL forwarded the information of seven women, but did not receive a concrete response about the case of any of them.
According to the Ministry of Citizenship, “the transfers to these people were blocked for verification of eligibility requirements, as provided for in the legislation”.
The ministry has not explained why they are unable to challenge the blockade, has not given a forecast of when these parcels will be released, nor has it said how many women have been affected.
Female heads of household are those who support a household with at least one minor on their own (they do not need to be mothers, as long as they are the only one responsible).
By law, this group is a priority in emergency aid and receives installments of R$ 375 — higher than other families (R$ 250) and people who live alone (R$ 150).
No possibility of contestation
The Ministry of Citizenship had set a deadline for beneficiaries to challenge blockages and cancellations. But the function was not available to women heads of households heard by the report. The contest period ended on Saturday (24).
The aid consultation website informs that the deadline for contesting the June installment has expired. In relation to the July installment, the system informs that the reasons for the blockade do not allow contestation.
Caixa and Dataprev say they are not responsible
Caixa, the bank that makes the payments, claims that it is not related to the problem, as its role is limited to transferring the money to whoever is authorized.
A Dataprev, a public company that processes beneficiary data, stated that the blocking and cancellation of installments are the responsibility of the Ministry of Citizenship.