The PSOE votes by mistake to eliminate the maximum limit of contributions to Social Security

Gonzalo D. VelardeCONTINUEMadrid Updated: 06/02/2022 18:58h

The chaos that was installed in the Labor Commission in which it approved this Thursday the package of amendments that will be incorporated into the public pension fund bill ended with a blunder by the PSOE that further complicates the vote on the law that will have place in the plenary session of Congress within seven days. Thus, the favorable vote of the Socialists to a package of amendments of United We Can caused the Commission to give the green light on the one hand to the unstopping of the maximum contribution bases and on the other hand to the elimination of deductions in Social Security contributions for the employer for contributions to the employment pension plan.

In addition, this package included a reduction in the personal income tax incentive for workers' contributions to the plan from the current 8,500 euros to 4,250 euros per year.

In short, the error of the PSOE has cleaned up the business deductions to Social Security provided for in the bill and opens the door for incomes above 49,000 euros per year to be quoted in a higher amount and without entailing an increase in maximum pensions. . And in addition, the fiscal attractiveness for employees who decide to contribute to their savings plan is reduced. A whole cocktail of measures that, if not reversed, will ruin the implementation of one of the key points of the pension reform of Minister José Luis Escrivá.

After the vote, held in the Commission, from the socialist bench they asked to repeat the vote after realizing that the unstoppable was among the approved amendments. However, the president of the Commission, Antón Gómez-Reino, of United We Can, at the request of the lawyer, rejected this possibility, urging to raise a particular vote during the vote on the initiative in plenary.

As the congressional lawyer pointed out in conversations with ABC, there would still be one last way to reverse the result of the commission's ruling. Thus, the parties will have 48 hours to introduce

Bildu and Vox save the law

With all the final opinion of the bill to promote employment pension plans with the support of the PNV and the PRC, in addition to the abstention of Vox and Bildu. The PP, Esquerra Republicana, Ciudadanos and Compromís finally voted against it.

After passing its vote in the Labor, Inclusion, Social Security and Migration Commission, the project now goes to the Plenary Session of Congress, which has the last word on this initiative.

After agreeing on some changes with Ciudadanos and PDeCAT to extend the tax advantages of this regulation, the Government has squared its accounts by agreeing with EH-Bildu on a 15% rise in the lowest pensions. Thus, in exchange for his abstention, the future decree law to extend the measures against the crisis caused by the war in Ukraine will include a 15% increase in non-contributory, widowhood, orphanhood or disability pensions.

Likewise, the agreement reached with this formation contemplates that these plans will not reduce Social Security income, so they will not be at the expense of the public pension system, one of the main fears of the pensioner movements, and even of United We Can , a partner of the Government, which has celebrated this measure.

Likewise, at the proposal of Cs and the PDeCAT, the project will include a deduction for companies in the Corporation Tax, which may be deducted from their full quota up to 10% of the contributions they make in favor of their workers with remuneration of less than 27,000 euros gross. From that figure, the deduction will be on the proportional part of the contributions that correspond to a gross remuneration of that limit.

Despite the fact that initially the Cs proposal for this deduction was 15% of the contributions, the agreement leaves the deduction at 10% of the contributions, as the PP, Vox and the PDeCAT also proposed in their amendments.

Changes in the control commission

On the other hand, also at the proposal of Ciudadanos, the regulation of the Commission for the special control of pension plans is modified to require its members to have at least 10 years of experience in the management of pension funds or plans, and it is avoided that members appointed by the Government have the right to veto certain decisions.

Until now, the project established that any change in the investment policy on the exercise of the right to challenge social agreements needed the approval of the members appointed by the Ministry of Social Security, a clause that is modified so that it is sufficient with the majority of the themselves.

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