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The Spanish Congress approves, with the abstention of VOX, a minimum vital income

Madrid / All political parties, except VOX that will abstain, will give the yes to the new Minimum Life Income (IMV) that seeks to curb poverty in families and promote the labor inclusion of these groups and that will go from a minimum income of 461 euros to 1,015 euros per month.

The Plenary of Congress has supported with 297 votes in favor, 52 abstentions and no vote against the validation of the Royal Decree-Law that regulates this minimum income and to which finally the PP has added its positive votes and VOX their abstentions.

Likewise, it has been agreed almost unanimously to process it as a bill for the emergency procedure.

The second vice president of the Government and minister of Social Rights and the 2030 Agenda, Pablo Iglesias, and the minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration, José Luis Escrivá, agreed that this is one of the measures with the greatest capacity for income redistribution. and that “dignifies the country”.

Escrivá explained that the minimum income has been calculated precisely as it will be adapted to the needs of each applicant, taking into account the type of family, their income and their assets.

“Public policies cannot live with their backs to society,” Escrivá said after pointing out that the IMV will not only fight poverty but will serve as a lever for social and labor inclusion.

“It is a group insurance that will rescue people at any time they suffer deficiencies,” he said after adding that its cost of about 3,000 million euros is “perfectly acceptable”.

For his part, Iglesias has defended that it is time to make expansionary policies to face the current crisis caused by the pandemic and has said that it will also help the economic recovery, since income will go “directly to consumption and will help self-employed workers and companies to continue billing ”.

The minimum income has received the support of all political parties, including VOX, which will not vote against it, although it has criticized that the measure is not temporary and is not conditioned on the job search.

He has considered that it is the “price of the pact with the devil signed by Sánchez” to be invested and has reiterated that the IMV supposes an effect called to immigrants and puts the protection system of Social Security at risk.

Request for processing as a bill

Most of the parties have congratulated an approval that was urgent, although some formations, such as PP, Ciudadanos, ERC or JxCAT, have requested its processing as a bill to introduce changes.

The PP recalled that it was President Mariano Rajoy who promoted the social card and criticized that the Government “appropriates” the regional powers and exempt the Basque Country and Navarra.

The PP has considered that it would have been reasonable to present a bill agreed with the CCAA, municipalities, the third sector and with the opposition and that it had an economic report and a report from the Council of State and the Economic and Social Council.

Ciudadanos has advocated that the benefit be linked to a labor insertion itinerary since the Law so as not to wait for its regulatory development, while JxCAT has opted to analyze the compatibility of the income with the benefit for dependent children.

ERC has considered that the measure should not be reversible and has emphasized that the condition of having to prove a whole year of low income should be modified and has urged to extend it to people in an irregular situation.

Formations such as the BNG or Más País have considered that it is insufficient in terms of beneficiaries and amounts, while other parties such as UPN have asked that it be managed by all the Autonomous Communities.

CC has also asked that it be compatible with non-contributory pensions. (June 10, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)

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En el texto se dice que...
todas las fuerzas políticas votaron a favor para que se apruebe en el Congreso el ingreso mínimo vital.
el ingreso mínimo vital cuenta con el apoyo del Congreso de España.
la gran mayoría de los grupos parlamentarios expresaron su rechazo a la aprobación del ingreso mínimo vital.
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En el texto se dice que...
ese ingreso mínimo vital se adecuará a las necesidades de cada una de las personas que lo soliciten.
el Congreso no considera que esta medida sea tramitada urgentemente como proyecto de Ley.
todos los solicitantes del ingreso mínimo vital recibirán más de mil euros al mes.
Question 3
Tras leer el texto entendemos que...
Escrivá considera que el IMV apenas será útil para luchar contra la pobreza.
el vicepresidente Iglesias no cree que haya que hacer políticas expansivas en estos momentos.
Escrivá considera que las políticas públicas no deben ignorar a la sociedad.
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Según el texto, el grupo parlamentario Vox...
considera que esta medida debe ser temporal.
descarta por completo que el sistema de protección de la Seguridad Social pueda peligrar.
votará en contra del ingreso mínimo vital.
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ERC y JxCat también consideran que esta medida debe ser temporal.
el PP y Ciudadanos no creen que sea necesario realizar algún tipo de cambio.
no solo el PP sino también otros partidos políticos pidieron la tramitación del IMV como proyecto de Ley.
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no se ve a ningún diputado que esté aplaudiendo.
aún no ha quedado convalidado ese Real Decreto-Ley.
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