On Monday (11), Supremo validated the contracting of loans granted by beneficiaries of social programs. However, the law that recreated Bolsa Família already prohibits this hypothesis. STF releases payroll loans to beneficiaries of social programs such as Bolsa Família The federal government announced this Wednesday (13) that it will maintain the prohibition on beneficiaries of the Bolsa Família program from taking out payroll loans. According to the Executive, the objective of the measure is to “avoid debt for the population in vulnerable situations”. ✅ Click here to follow the new g1 channel on WhatsApp. ⚠️The old group will be deactivated. Even if you are already part of our community, you need to register again. A payroll loan is a type of loan in which the installment is deducted directly from the payroll or, in this case, from the value of the benefit received. The decision was announced after the Federal Supreme Court (STF) unanimously validated, on Monday (11), the legislation that allows the contracting of loans granted by beneficiaries of social programs. Despite the STF’s decision, the law that recreated Bolsa Família to replace Auxílio Brasil, in March, already prohibits the contracting of loans granted by program beneficiaries. This rule continues to apply and, therefore, the ban remains in force. According to the Minister of Development and Social Assistance, Family and Fight Against Hunger, Wellington Dias, Bolsa Família does not constitute a salary, it is just an income transfer program to support families in situations of social vulnerability. “We serve families below the poverty line. If you compromise a monthly amount of Bolsa Família with payment of installments, you could compromise the main objective of the program, which is food”, stated minister Wellington Dias, in a note. History In August 2022, in the midst of the electoral race, then-president Jair Bolsonaro (PL) sanctioned a law that allowed the contracting of loans granted by beneficiaries of income transfer programs, such as Auxílio Brasil and Benefício de Prestação Continuada (BPC). Created from a provisional measure (MP ) edited by the government and approved by the National Congress, the new law allowed the beneficiaries of the programs to authorize the Union to deduct from the monthly transfers the amounts related to the payment of loans and financing. The text approved by deputies and senators defined a limit of up to 40% of the amount received through the assistance program to pay consigned employees. At the time, the approval of the MP was criticized by experts, who believed that the release of consigned loans to those receiving Auxílio Brasil, for example, could encourage even greater debt for the most vulnerable population. In October 2022, the Federal Audit Court (TCU) recommended, in a technical opinion, that the Auxílio Brasil loan be suspended. The recommendation was related to the possible use of the benefit to “politically interfere in the presidential elections”. In January of this year, with the government of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva already in office, Caixa Econômica Federal suspended the granting of new loans granted to beneficiaries of Auxílio Brasil. In a note, the state bank informed that the contracting was suspended and that the credit line would undergo a complete review of parameters and criteria. In March, with the sanction of the law that replaced Auxílio Brasil with Bolsa Família, the taking out of loans granted by beneficiaries was prohibited.