The Social Security has reported this Thursday that to date it has recognized the minimum vital income to “more than 80,000 households”, among which are included the 74,119 families to whom the public body processed aid ex officio already in the month of June. Thus, the number of recognized benefits requested by individuals would be around 6,000 households in two months, from June 15, the date on which applications were allowed to be registered. Social Security has received in this same period “almost 750,000 applications”, so that the recognized aid (and it is not known how many of them paid in August) are very far from the requests made in these times of emergency due to the coronavirus crisis .
Some 212,000 households have requested the minimum vital income against poverty in the first days
Furthermore, “nearly 36,800 applications have been denied,” the Social Security note indicates, which in “more than half of the cases is due to exceeding the income and / or equity limits that are set as requirements to obtain this help against extreme poverty “. The agency has also detected that 7.5% of the requests have arrived in duplicate.
The Ministry has made these figures public after various media outlets, such as Information, published that the minimum vital income was being recognized for the moment to a very small number of families compared to the multitude of households that requested it en masse this summer in the midst of the crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic. In the first three days alone, the Government reported 212,000 petitions. Social Security points out in its statement today that “the INSS has received almost 750,000 applications for the Minimum Vital Income, a figure equivalent to the pension files that it resolves in a full year.”
Social Security sources insist on not limiting the recognition figure to the 6,000 households that requested the aid, but to the group of those who have received the minimum vital income, even if it is ex officio. “They are positive resolutions of requests that otherwise would have been presented,” they point out.
However, the 6,000 households give an account of how the processing of the applications submitted since June has progressed (on June 26, the ex officio grants were already paid to the other 74,000 households) and the data shows that recognition at this time is minimal compared to to the apparent need of the people who are requesting it. From Cáritas Madrid they explain to this medium that the great “tsunami” of people who came to the entity to ask for food and food in the hardest moments of the pandemic has barely been reduced during the summer.
Social Security has reported the number of files recognized, but not those paid at the beginning of August, when the last payroll of the minimum vital income was paid. It must be remembered that usually this type of aid, the minimum income that has existed to date in the Autonomous Communities, usually requires a certain time to process, which extends beyond one month in many cases.
The leader of the UGT, Pepe Álvarez, pointed out this Thursday that the union has no record “that no one has charged,” beyond the households that have been recognized for ex officio aid because they were currently charging the benefit. per dependent child for low-income families, who have received the benefit since June.
Unions denounce lack of staff
The unions CCOO and UGT have denounced from the beginning the shortage of Social Security personnel to face this new benefit against poverty, whose creation was advanced given the increase in the precariousness that many homes lived due to the pandemic and that It has been evidenced by the increase in people who have asked for help for food and cover basic needs.
Juan Zamora, Secretary of Organization of the CCOO state union section in the INSS, considers that the number of files processed to date “is not normal”, although this type of benefits requires some analysis time. “There is an unjustified delay due to the lack of personnel,” he explains to elDiario.es. The union considers that it would be necessary to reinforce Social Security personnel by “about 1,000 workers” so that they could attend these and the rest of the benefits managed by the public body. “It was already hard for us to get to what we had, Social Security has lost more than 5,000 people in recent years,” Zamora underlines.
The Ministry of Social Security hired the public company Tragsatec to reinforce the management of the minimum vital income with 500 people, but ultimately the resolutions must be approved by the public workers of the INSS. “There is talk of outsourcing, but what there is is a privatization. What must be done is to get a public job offer to expand the public personnel of Social Security,” claims Zamora. The union official also points out that in the opinion of CCOO “the minimum vital income came out too soon, without having prepared the processors, without having developed it, and learning is being stumbled upon. It is all a bit of chaos.”
The Ministry of Social Security informs in its statement that “about 40% of the applications examined so far have arrived with incomplete documentation (most of them without a registration certificate)”, which delays the resolution of the requests. “To date, among those reviewed there are more than 25,800 pending documentation requests,” the agency indicates.
Social Security sources highlight that it is “betting on different ways to streamline the process” of recognition with agreements “so that later everything will be faster”, among which the exchange of data with the Tax Agency and agreements with city councils stand out. for the census data, which is what is most often lacking in requests from individuals. Juan Zamora points out that many applicants present the data of the registry at present, when the necessary document is the historical certificate of registration.