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POLL - Do you think Spain's guaranteed minimum income scheme is a good idea?
01 June 2020 @ 20:33

The Spanish government just approved a "guaranteed minimum income scheme" set to help 850,000 vulnerable families. It is not the first welfare program of its kind in Spain: there are already 17 different schemes in Spain run by each of the regional governments. But the distribution of this aid is very uneven and only reaches around 300,000 homes. The new scheme from the Social Security Ministry will nearly triple that figure.

 Finance Minister María Jesús Montero called the guaranteed minimum income scheme “a giant step in the fight against inequality in our country.” The program aims to lift around 1.6 million people out of extreme poverty, a group that represents 12.4% of the population, compared with the EU average of 6.9%. And 26.1% of the population is at risk of poverty, meaning that they are living on less than 60% of the median income, or €8,871 a year.

The plan for a guaranteed minimum income dates back to December 2019, when the Socialist Party (PSOE) and Unidas Podemos struck a governing agreement after the inconclusive results of the November general election. In this deal, the parties agreed to create “a general mechanism to guarantee earnings for families with no or low income.”

The coronavirus crisis accelerated the plan and in April, the government released the first details of the minimum income scheme, which is set to cost the government €3 billion a year. Drafts of the welfare program have been seen by several ministries. However, these texts are not final, meaning some of the details may change when the royal decree is published in the Official State Gazette (BOE). This is what is known so far about the minimum income scheme and how it will work.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible, claimants will have to be of legal age and under 65, given that above that age there are non-contributory pensions that pay out a minimum of €462 a month. If the beneficiaries live alone, they must have been emancipated for at least three years and be at least 23 years old.

In theory, the payment will be made out to a single individual but destined to the entire household. To be eligible, families must be in a vulnerable financial situation. A family is defined as vulnerable when their monthly income is €10 or more below the minimum income for their situation.

Are migrants eligible?

Yes, migrants who have been living legally in Spain for at least a year can apply for the guaranteed minimum income.

How much is the minimum income?


There is not a set amount, as payment depends on a family’s income and their overall situation. The lowest rate will be €462 a month for adults who live alone, and the highest €1,015. But the scheme will complete family income to those levels, rather than paying out that amount.

How is a family’s income calculated?

A family’s earnings are calculated based on their net income from the previous year. This does not include grants or rental assistance. Given that this method could leave out the economic victims of the coronavirus crisis, the latest draft of the scheme includes an additional provision which takes into account a claimant’s income from this year. This provision will be in place for all of 2020. The decree also considers setting conditions to assess an individual’s loss of income in a year so that they do not have to wait for the following year to claim the minimum income.

A family’s assets, such as property and savings, is also calculated toward their income. But this does not include the family home.

.How will it be funded?


The figures provided suggest that the program will cost around €3 billion a year, to be funded through government transfers to the Social Security system. How the government will fund it is still to be clarified...

Do you think this is a good idea? Please cast your vote...

 

 



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midasgold said:
06 June 2020 @ 07:11

Spain spending their grant from the EU magic money fund !


Alan J Cook said:
06 June 2020 @ 08:54

No one in any country should have to live in poverty. The gap between rich and poor is obscene and getting wider. Good for the authorities in Spain for trying to help poor people.


rob_j1 said:
06 June 2020 @ 12:07

There are many who are affected through no fault of their own. Governments globally took decisions to shut down various industry sectors (covid, etc), and this means peoples incomes have been negatively affected, by decisions taken by the state.

In some cases, people have lost 100% of their income, as a direct result of a government decision, but are expected to continue paying their bills.

How?


marelison said:
06 June 2020 @ 18:55

"midasgold-digger" :

What does that effect you, in body and mind ?
What is the exact meaning of your words ?

Mar Elison
Iceland / Spain



midasgold said:
06 June 2020 @ 22:34

MARELISON.
Its good that Spain will help the less well off.
BUT it does NOT have the money WITHOUT help from the EU.
The EU bank (ECB) is only able to help by printing even MORE money - (QE) magic money, as it too is on its limit. All this will involve EXTRA costs for Spain and its children and even grand children.
BREXIT was our answer to this EU mess.


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