Raising the budget from 14 billion dirhams to 28 billion dirhams

The President of the State directs to restructure the program to support people with limited income

  • The directives of the head of state embody the leadership's keenness to lay the foundations for the well-being and quality of life for citizens.

    Emirates today


His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, directed the restructuring of the "Social Support Program for Low Income" to become an integrated program with an amount of 28 billion dirhams... to raise the annual social support allocation from 2.7 billion to five billion dirhams, based on the leadership's keenness to provide A decent livelihood for the people of the country with limited income in all parts of the country.

The directive of His Highness the President of the State to provide this support - through the most comprehensive social program that raises the budget from 14 billion dirhams to 28 billion dirhams - embodies His Highness’s keenness to provide various means of support to national families and citizens with limited income, in order to enhance family stability, and in line with the welfare system. Societal and quality of life that the UAE is keen to establish its foundations and consolidate its components for its citizens.

The support program created four new allocations: the housing allowance, the university education allowance, the allowance for unemployed citizens over the age of 45, and the allowance for the unemployed person looking for work.

The four allocations aim to enable low-income Emirati families to obtain adequate housing, encourage outstanding children to enroll in university, and support elderly citizens.

"housing allowance"

The new program includes a provision for housing ranging between 1,500 dirhams per month and 2,500 dirhams per month in the case of independent housing, until the family obtains government housing.

Applicants who live with parents or with any other family are entitled to 60% of these amounts. This allowance does not apply to those who receive any other form of government housing subsidy or who own a house registered in their name, and this allowance stops when obtaining government housing.

"University Education Dedicated"

Among the new allocations included in the social support program for the family is the “university education allowance” for distinguished students, which embodies the state’s interest and encouragement for children to enroll in university education. Humanity).

The allowance also includes regular students in diploma and university education programs according to the allowances for children for each family (between 2,400 and 800 dirhams) and with a maximum age of 25 years for the student.

Dedicated to the unemployed over the age of 45

Among the new financial subsidies within the social support program, where a fixed subsidy is granted starting from 2000 to 5000 dirhams per month, depending on age, for unemployed citizens, in addition to other allowances and allowances in the event that the unemployed person is the head of a citizen family.

"Dedicated to the unemployed person looking for work"

This allowance extends for a period of six months, and amounts to 5000 dirhams per month for each beneficiary, regardless of his age. This allowance aims to financially empower the unemployed during their search for a job.

Bonuses that have been increased

The social support program was keen to increase the allowances allocated to all family members, including the current three allowances, which are “the allowance for the head of the family”, “the wife’s allowance” and the “children’s allowance”.

This step stems from the great importance that the Emirati leadership attaches to the family, as the main pillar for building a cohesive and cohesive society.

Allowance for the head of the family: increases according to experience and years of work.

This allowance has been increased to start from 5000 dirhams per month and then increase at a rate of 2,000 dirhams per month for every 10 years of work experience until it reaches 13,000 dirhams, so that the head of the family in the age group of 21-30 years gets an amount of 5000 dirhams per month, and the allowance increases for the category The age group is from 30-40 years to reach 7000 dirhams, and the age group is from 40-50 years to 9,000 dirhams, and the age group is from 50-60 years to 11 thousand dirhams, and the age group is for those over 60 years old, reaching 13,000 dirhams per month.

This allowance is granted from the age of 30 and above, and the calculation of working years starts from the age of 21.

Wife's allowance

The new "social support program" includes raising the wife's allowance to 3,500 dirhams, with the aim of increasing the social support received by low-income national families.

Children's allowance

The "social support program" includes increasing the children's allowance to 2,400 dirhams per month for the first son, 1,600 dirhams per month for the second and third sons, and 800 dirhams for the fourth son or more, to be spent until the age of 21 years.

This allowance applies to all cases, including the employee, the unemployed, and the job seeker;

That is, if the national head of the family has four children, he is entitled in this case to 6,400 dirhams per month as a children's allowance.

Inflation allowances

The program includes three types of allowances: food subsidy allowance: electricity and water allowance: and fuel allowance.

Food subsidy bonus

Based on the keenness of the UAE government to support its citizens, especially those with low incomes, the government bears within this initiative 75% of food price inflation, as a commitment to providing the necessary assistance to Emirati families, to enable them to meet their living requirements and provide them with a decent life.

Electricity and water subsidy premium of 50%

This support is part of the government’s strategy aimed at helping people with low incomes in various aspects of living, especially the basic ones. In these cases, the social support program provides a 50% monthly subsidy for electricity consumption less than 4000 kilowatts, and a 50% monthly water subsidy for water consumption less than 26 A thousand gallons.

fuel subsidy premium

The program provides this type of support to reduce the impact of fluctuations in fuel prices globally, and out of the state's keenness to provide the basic needs of citizens with low incomes. The program provides a monthly subsidy of 85% of the increase in the price of fuel to 2.1 dirhams per liter.

The married head of the family receives a monthly subsidy of 300 liters, while the working wife receives a subsidy of an additional 200 liters, or the head of the family receives a subsidy of 400 liters if the wife does not have support.

 The Social Support Program aims to ensure a decent life for citizens with limited incomes.

Raising the level of eligibility for low-income families to 25 thousand dirhams per month, according to social status.

Introducing new allocations that include: housing, university education, unemployed citizens over the age of 45, and a provision for the unemployed person looking for work, in addition to bonuses for inflation for fuel, food, water and electricity.

Raising the value of the annual social support allocations from 2.7 billion to five billion dirhams.

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