the second package of inclusion projects arrives

the second package of inclusion projects arrives

Second package of pilot projects to make the minimum vital income (IMV) something more than financial aid. The Council of Ministers approves this Tuesday the royal decree with another 18 'inclusion itineraries', after the first batch of 16 pilot agreements, with different projects to favor the social inclusion of "about 130,000 beneficiaries" of the state minimum income, they explain to elDiario.es in Social Security. The Ministry headed by José Luis Escrivá is going to submit the projects to an external evaluation to analyze which are the most successful policies and, later on, expand their implementation.

These 18 projects will be developed together with seven autonomous communities (Andalusia, Catalonia, La Rioja, Madrid, Murcia, Navarra and the Valencian Community); two city councils (Santander and Seville) and nine entities from the third sector (Cáritas, CEPAIM, Red Cross, EAPN, EAPN Canarias, Fundación La Caixa, Ayuda en Acción, Fundación Bofill and Fundación Esplai), respond to this medium at the Ministry of Inclusion . The projects have financing of "102 million euros", which come from the Recovery and Resilience Plan.

The new projects are added to the previous 16 already approved, resulting in a total of 34 pilot inclusion itineraries with which the department led by Escrivá will experiment with various strategies and policies to encourage IMV beneficiaries to get out of the situation of poverty and exclusion.

In total, all the projects will reach almost "one in four beneficiaries of the minimum vital income", they estimate in the Ministry. Given that the minimum income reaches some 1.1 million people at the moment, the group involved in these projects will be around 300,000 people.

More than a help to get out of poverty

The IMV supposes for the beneficiary households a monthly economic aid, which guarantees a minimum floor of income to the families, in a situation of severe poverty. In 2022, the guaranteed minimum income has fourteen thresholds from 492 euros per month for households with a single adult person. Until June, these quantities have increased by 15% due to the economic impact of the war in Ukraine.

But the IMV intends to be much more, they insist from the Ministry of Inclusion. The objective is that the minimum vital income consists of an economic benefit for households, but also of inclusion itineraries adapted to their circumstances to help them get out of poverty and exclusion. For example, through a job, study aid for minors, conciliation and care policies, detoxification if there are people with addiction problems, etc.

The royal decree that is approved this Tuesday includes 18 inclusion itineraries that have resulted from the study of "almost 150 proposals" that arrived at the Ministry of Social Security, Inclusion and Migration.

In the absence of knowing the details of each of these pilots, which the Ministry will be presenting with the administrations and collaborating entities, in the department directed by José Luis Escrivá they respond that they include projects on "digitalization, social support, education, and employment", among other subjects.

External evaluation before extending the itineraries

The pilot projects will undergo an external evaluation to analyze which have been "the most effective and efficient" and that this study be taken into account for the future and more extensive implementation of the IMV inclusion itineraries, they indicate in the Ministry .

At the beginning of the year, Minister Escrivá and the Governor of the Bank of Spain, Pablo Hernández de Cos, signed an agreement to carry out research on social inclusion itineraries. The agreement was promoted by the General Secretariat for Inclusion and Social Welfare Objectives and Policies and the Center for Monetary and Financial Studies Foundation (CEMFI).

In addition, the Ministry of Inclusion also announced that in the development and evaluation of these pilot projects it collaborates with J-PAL Europe, "with great experience in the knowledge of the methodology of randomized control trials linked to the reduction of poverty and inequality" .

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