The Portuguese Budget Bill for 2017 and other related legislation brought some amendments to the new year, along with a package of measures that are intended to lighten the austerity measures. One of these measures was to increase the amount of the minimum monthly wage from € 530,00 to € 557,00 as from January 1, 2017. The Social Support Index (Indexante de Apoios Sociais) used for the calculation and update of social benefits, such as maximum and minimum amounts of unemployment benefits was also updated for 2017, having the respective amount increased from € 419,22 to € 421,32. The amount of daily meal allowance which is set in € 4,52 for the public sector workers and is expected to increase to € 4,77 as of August 1, 2017. As a result, and according to the Income Tax Code, the amount paid in cash as meal allowance by private employers is considered to be exempt from Income Tax up to those amounts (€ 4,77 only from August 1, 2017 onwards). In case the meal allowance is paid through vouchers or meal cards, the limit of the exemption is € 7,23 until July 31, 2017 and € 7,63 from then on. Finally, the normal age of entitlement to old age pension is of 66 years and 3 months in 2017, which represents an increase of one month in relation to 2016.