¢55,000 million a year in social assistance goes to people who are not actually in need, according to the National Household Survey. A unique registry was created to correct errors like these but in order to work more institutions would need to use it.
There are countless stories of single moms with disabled kids who lack homes and employment and still don’t get a response from IMAS, while many making over ¢1,000,000 a month are receiving aid from the same institution.
The ¢55,000 million estimate includes assistance from IMAS, the CCSS, the National Scholarship Fund, and Cen-Cinai that go to about 34,000 homes that don’t have economic need. 270,000 households in poverty are not served by IMAS.
The State has created a National System of Information and Unique Registry of Beneficiaries of the State (Sinirube) which is attached to IMAS. It has socioeconomic information of 80% of the population. By 2022, 90 entities will collect information to add to the system.