The friction within the Government about the Minimum Living Income (IMV) persists. The differences between the team of the Minister of Inclusion, José Luis Escrivá, and the Vice Presidency of Social Rights headed by Pablo Iglesias have been continuous since the design of the new state minimum income against poverty, approved by the Coalition Executive at the end of May, and they still hold. The latest proof is the unilateral presentation by United We Can of a battery of 12 amendments to the parliamentary processing of the law that regulates the provision, “in the absence of a response to its proposals to improve the IMV within the Government for more than 8 months “, denounces the training. On the other hand, in PSOE and Inclusión they maintain that the negotiation on the amendments within the Executive continues open.
Keys on the minimum vital income: how to request it, who is entitled and compatibility with employment
Unidos Podemos announced at the end of Monday afternoon that it would present twelve amendments this Tuesday “that seek to improve and solve the deficiencies of the Minimum Vital Income.” A bill “of enormous importance” aimed at the most vulnerable people, emphasizes the parliamentary group in a statement, “that we cannot allow ourselves as a progressive government that works badly and that does not reach all the families it has to reach” .
The IMV has reached some 160,000 homes, according to the latest data for December, far from the Government’s goal: to reach 850,000 by the end of 2020. The minister responsible for aid, José Luis Escrivá, acknowledged that the design had to be modified of the provision to reach the goal set. The bulk of these changes will focus on the processing as a bill of the regulation in the Congress of Deputies, but in addition the Executive has already approved some modifications in several royal decree laws. The last, in the Council of Ministers two weeks ago.
From the formation led by Vice President Pablo Iglesias, they consider that the changes should be processed now, as soon as possible, and they have finally taken the step of registering the amendments to the legislative text on their own. They do so without agreeing to them with the PSOE, despite the fact that the Ministry of Inclusion and the Vice Presidency for Social Rights have been negotiating to try to present the amendments jointly. “The confederal group, in the absence of a response to its proposals to improve the IMV within the Government for more than 8 months, will register several amendments,” justifies the statement from United We Can.
The Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migrations, José Luis Escrivá, has criticized this morning “the attempts of some to appropriate” the IMV, which is read as a reference to the step that United We has taken.
United We ends the negotiation
The ‘purple’ formation considers that the negotiation of the amendments within the Government has already concluded, without satisfying several of its central demands, so they present their initiatives separately. These include definitively including among the potential beneficiaries those “who enter a situation of vulnerability during the exercise itself”, as well as those who do not count as household income the aid due to a situation of dependency “and that it is recognized “the IMV in an exceptional way to any person who has a recognized minimum income of insertion or autonomous social assistance on December 31, 2020”.
Sources from Podemos recall that the formation has been presenting proposals to the Escrivá team “since July” and they see that “although there has been some progress, there are very important issues that remain unresolved.” A “very clear example”, they point out in the party, is that the income of the current year is taken into account in a stable way to request the minimum vital income, a measure that the two formations have already agreed to “in October”.
However, the PSOE and the Ministry of Inclusion insist that the talks continue to present the changes in the regulation, also with United We Can, for which they assure that they have been “surprised” by the decision of the confederal group.
“We were a little surprised by the announcement of United We Can because they were working on those amendments within the Government,” said the spokesperson for the Socialists in Congress, Adriana Lastra on Tuesday. “There is agreement on many of these amendments, but in any case the deadline for submitting amendments has not expired,” said the PSOE deputy, who stressed that the groups usually register the amendments “on the last day” and that ” the deadline has no date yet to close. ”
“We were surprised, but the important thing is that the IMV is on its feet, to continue perfecting a tool that ends inequality in this country. We are in the management, in which the policy is to transform people’s lives and we are not in the story “, added Lastra.
The Ministry of Inclusion also considers negotiation open. “Given that the term is still open, we are talking with all groups,” explain sources from the Ministry led by Escrivá.
United We can sources defend the group’s unilateral step also due to the need to speed up the parliamentary process. That is, not to extend much more the period to present amendments and move on to the debate and processing of the law that regulates the IMV. “Time continues to pass and people cannot wait any longer,” they insist on Podemos.
United We can briefly explain the 12 amendments presented in its statement. In addition to those already introduced, they include “reducing the requirement of an independent living unit to two years for people under 30 years old”, adding to the amount of the IMV “a supplement” that takes into account the situation of people with disability, as well as “adapting the terminology to the legal framework of the rights of persons with disabilities”.
Also, “to avoid the exclusion of vulnerable groups that may be in an irregular situation”, Unidos Podemos proposes that “the obligation to prove a legal, continuous and uninterrupted residence of at least one year in Spain for those applicants for international protection be eliminated. , returned Spanish emigrants, minors living in homes in an irregular situation “, in addition to victims of trafficking or victims of gender violence already exempted.
The confederal group calls for several changes in relation to young people and children, such as ensuring “access to the IMV of people who have been under the guardianship of the public system for the protection of minors and must abandon it to reach the age of majority and remain helpless.” Also, “to avoid the exclusion of reunited minors, the cohabitation unit will not be required to have been established for a year in cases of family reunification of daughters and sons” and “the scale of increases for calculating the benefit for that does not suppose a comparative offense of the single-parent families with four or more minors in charge, “the statement details.