The Government Approved A New Maternity Allowance Of 400 Euros Per Year

2021-02-02   |   by CusiGO

The Council of ministers approved the redesign of maternity benefits on Tuesday. So far, only mothers with more than two children have received pensions, and in 2019 the European Court of Justice ruled that it was discrimination against men. In 2016, the people’s party government approved the aid, which aims to narrow the gender gap in pensions. Now it will start with the first child, rather than the second child as envisaged in the previous sentence. Each child will receive 400 euros a year, and parents will have the right to receive it.

The aim is to bridge the contribution gap suffered mainly by women after having children and to create a gender gap in pensions. Previous legislation provided that such assistance would be given only to mothers and increased according to the number of children: 5% for two children, 10% for three children and 15% for four children. The new wording recognizes a subsidy starting with the first child, which is fixed at 400 euros per child per year, and stipulates that parents can also apply, but by default it will be given to women.

Jose Luis escariva, Minister of inclusion, social security and immigration, On Tuesday, she explained at a press conference after the ministerial meeting that the measure will benefit 98% of mothers, and that by the end of 2020, about 800000 women will have realized themselves from their first child, which will enable nearly 30000 women to have access to services. The minister added that the gender gap in pensions occurred mainly within two years after the birth of the first child, which then led to a reduction in pensions.

The government’s goal is to eliminate the supplement when the gender gap in pensions is less than 5%. At present, the proportion is 30%. “We emphasize the objective fact,” said escriv á, “that through this measure we will achieve significant emissions reductions.” The Ministry of social security estimates that if there are two children, the average pension will increase by 6% and the minimum pension will increase by 8%.

Men who wish to receive the grant must apply for the grant and prove that their contribution base has decreased since they became parents. Another new development is that new assistance will also be recognized in the case of voluntary early retirement – the scope of which has so far been limited to retirement pensions, permanent incapacity and widows. Escariv á recalled that, as the European Court of Justice said in a December 2019 judgment, the supplement had to be modified due to design problems and a proposal in the Toledo Convention on narrowing the gender gap. “Everything is a consensus with social partners,” he stressed.

The government has also approved changes to the minimum living income (LVI) because the number of people receiving the benefit is lower than estimated. In particular, the decree that received the green light on Tuesday made the concept of solidarity more flexible in order to “reach the most vulnerable situation,” escriv á said.

“We found that, in some cases, access had to be facilitated,” the minister said. From now on, people living in collective families, temporary accommodation (such as divorce) and other special circumstances can apply for such assistance, in which case the intervention of other staff members is needed to ensure compliance with the access requirements. As a result, approved social services help to demonstrate a lack of connection between people living in the same housing, which is the case for some homeless people. “We think we’ll be more effective that way,” added Esquire.

The package passed on Tuesday also includes measures for the self-employed and health workers. On the one hand, self-employed people will be more likely to receive covid benefits because the assumption of declining income has been established for those who pay taxes through objective estimates. On the other hand, pensions are coordinated with work to facilitate the employment of retired health workers. Occupational diseases refer to health and social health workers who are infected while engaged in activities.