Support for people in situations of social fragility is identified in 97% of the municipalities consulted, from housing to health. Birth support is provided in 54% of municipalities.
The Observatory for the Family Friendly Municipalities (OAFR) distinguished, in the rectorate of the University of Coimbra, 108 portuguese municipalities with the green flag of “Family Friendly Municipality”.
For Vitória Salvado, coordinator of the OAFR, “the reinforcement of support for families with special needs reflects the current situation and the capacity of local authorities to respond, confirming proximity as a critical factor in public policies”.
In the year in which it celebrates 15 years of activity, the OAFR registered the highest number of participants in the survey – 149 municipalities, which translates into 48% of the 308 national municipalities. This year, 16 municipalities are newcomers to the ‘ Family Friendly Municipality’ distinction and received the green flag: Pampilhosa da Serra; Amarante; Horta; Baião; Arouca; Lagoa; Santa Maria da Feira; Maia; Vila Nova de Gaia; Grândola; Ponte da Barca; Valença; Montalegre; Sabrosa; Cinfães; Tarouca.
In its 15th edition, the Observatory also distinguished two municipalities for the “Most Innovative Measure”. The municipality of Lousada for the creation of a carers’ grant to relieve informal carers; and Castro Marim, for the exemption from the Municipal Tax on Onerous Property Transfers when the household increases, and for the extraordinary reduction in Property tax to retain families in the municipality.
The OAFR was created in 2008 by the Portuguese Large Families Association and its main objectives are to monitor, award and disseminate the best practices of Portuguese municipalities in terms of family responsibility for families in general.