Augusta Aguiar was speaking at the Madeira Assembly, in the debate on the generality of the Supplementary Budget presented by the Madeiran executive.

The official stressed that the emergency fund, with an allocation of five million Euros, "was created only two months ago", being an "innovative and pioneering measure" to respond to situations related to this pandemic crisis.

“Measures to support the Covid-19 pandemic are dynamic”, he stressed, indicating that the different social organisations that are partners in the granting of aid to families and workers “have the possibility to broaden their spectrum”.

The people who benefit from the emergency fund, with “application until 31 December”, present the respective expenses to receive the aid.

Augusta Aguiar also highlighted that “140 informal workers received support in the order of 15 thousand Euros”, with seasonal workers also being covered.

The Madeira Supplementary Budget proposal presented by the Regional Government of the PSD / CDS coalition adds 287.7 million Euros to the amount approved for 2020, from 1.743 million Euros to 2.030 million.

For the social area, the Regional Secretariat for Inclusion and Citizenship benefits from a financial reinforcement, with 27 million Euros foreseen to supplement the workers' wages in lay-off and maintenance of jobs, in addition to another 33 million for social inclusion and the fight against poverty.