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                                    The economic consequences of the pandemic have led to many families
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      Apt 13 • 8401-901 • Lagoa            ristina, 25, found herself  homes of families in need. The  there is often no income for that”.
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      Rua Município de S. Domingo          wage cut during the   Refood says that she was always  itself in the amount of donations
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      publisher@theportugalnews.com  coordinator, Paula Matias,  their income and within their  before the pandemic.
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                                                                                                                           Requests for food aid continue to increass
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      Daisy Sampson                 “At this time we have not yet  what you spend. When that is  being derailed” and with her  (Photo: Lusa/Mário Cruz)
      Daisy@theportugalnews.com     stabilised and requests for help  over, there is no turning back. At  monthly salary of €500 she
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      Sónia Seixas                  had three families coming in,  a battle”, says Fábio Simão.  household bills.          asked the Government to
      sales@theportugalsnews.com    with large households, with  There are situations of “job loss  “If it weren’t for the support of the  urgently implement exceptional
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      Gaby Rodrigues                times ahead will be very     of rents” and, in the medium  have any food at home. You try to  unemployment in the region.
      accounts@theportugalnews.com  complicated, we will have an  term, the representative does not  survive. It is not living, it is  The president of the union said
      While The Portugal News has done  increase in requests for help”,  expect improvements: “I would  surviving”, she said.  that it is “a priority to consider
      its utmost to ensure all advertiser  she stressed.         like to be more optimistic.  According to the Institute of  measures to support
      information is correct, the paper is  Paula Matias highlighted the  Unfortunately, looking around us,  Employment and Professional  employment” so that “in two or
      unable to verify the content and/  “new reality”, with middle class  it is a little difficult”.  Training (IEFP), unemployment  three months”, when the low
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                                    families now having to be    Fábio Simão said that the laws  figures in the Algarve have been  season begins, unemployment
      Publicação registada na Entidade  supported too and not just the  that postponed the payment of  increasing since March, with an  does not assume “even more
      Reguladora para a Comunicação  most vulnerable members of  rents “will not be the solution”  increase of 231.8 percent in May  dramatic” dimensions.
      Social com o número 127217    society.                     because “when the date comes,  compared to the same month of  “The ideal would be to move
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      www.theportugalnews.com/      During the pandemic, the     people will have to pay the  2019.                        forward with exceptional
      editorialguidelines           institution took food directly to the  current and the old ones, and  The General Union of Workers  measures for the region that
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