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What Social Security saves on pensions due to COVID-19 losses

Madrid / The payroll of contributory Social Security pensions amounted to 9,852.78 million euros as of May 1, which represents a monthly fall of 0.27%, the first setback in the series, due to the decrease in the number of discharges and the increase in discharges due to the effects of the coronavirus.

According to data published this Tuesday by the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration, the system had a total of 9,754,137 contributory pensions as of May 1, 38,508 less than the previous month.

In April, the downward trend in the number of pensioners already observed the previous month was accentuated, which in the case of the losses had to do with the fact that the death due to COVID-19 especially affected the older group, while in the The drop in new registrations influenced the closing of the offices, which led many people to delay the process of joining the system.

Social Security has reported that in April 31,232 registrations were registered in the system, 13.9% less than the previous month and 32.2% lower than the same month of 2019.

If the annual accumulated from January to the beginning of May 202 is considered, 157,896 new pensions were registered, 22.1% less than in the same period of 2019, and 205,638 pensions decreased, 17.5% more than the last year.

The Ministry has not given the data on casualties for April, but on accumulated data it can be calculated that they were 69,857, 61% more than in March (43,370) and the highest data since January 2015.

Total expenditure on pensions

Of the total expenditure on pensions, more than two thirds of the payroll went to the payment of retirement pensions, the amount of which amounted to 7,049.44 million, an amount that has grown by 3.02% in the last twelve months.

Of the total contributory pensions, 6,073,499 were for retirement, 2,343,975 corresponded to widowhood benefits; 953,905, to permanent disability; 339,814, to orphanhood, and 42,944, in favor of relatives.

Average pension

The average pension of the system reached 1,010.11 euros per month, which meant an interannual increase of 2.03%, while the average retirement pension amounted to 1,160.6 euros, 2.02% more than last year.

The pensions corresponding to the new retirement additions were 1,472.49 euros per month, above the system average and 9.8% higher than the amount of the new pensions in 2019.

The number of pensions of the passive classes in force in April was 636,302, which has placed the payroll at 1,151.15 million euros. (May 27, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)

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