Green light given to minimun income


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This Friday, 29th May, in an Extraordinary Council of Ministers, the Government approved the establishment of the minimum income that aims to reduce extreme poverty in Spain by 80%.
This benefit will reach one million households, of which 100,000 will receive it this June, and will range from 462 to 1,015 euros depending on the situation of the household.
This measure, presented by the Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration, José Luis Escrivá, and by the Vice President and Minister of Social Rights and Agenda 2030, Pablo Iglesias, whose teams have designed the provision.
According to a draft of the Royal Decree-Law, in order to receive the benefit, recipients will be means tested and must have been residing legally in Spain for at least one year, which leaves out irregular migrants.
Likewise, according to this draft, if the beneficiaries live alone, they must have been emancipated for at least three years and be at least 23 years old, except in the cases of women victims of gender violence and victims of human trafficking, in which case the claimant must be of legal age. The age limit to receive the minimum income is 65.
The Government has estimated that the cost of the minimum income programme will rise to around 3,000 million euros a year, and will be financed from the general state budgets. The minimum income could also be complemented with other salary income, as well as with other benefits from the autonomous communities.