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IU-Greens: "Poverty reduction policies need to be funded" (08/04/2019)

The ciezanos ecosocialistas point out that since its creation in 1988 the state funding for the Concerted Plan has been decreasing, to represent only 1.7% of the total in 2016.

With the approval of the National Strategy for the Prevention and Fight against Poverty by the Council of Ministers, IU-Greens warns of its limitations by not contemplating financing.

The leftist federation reminds us that in order to combat this serious problem it is a priority to revalue the IPREM, increase welfare benefits, implement a minimum income benefit and adequately finance Social Services.

IU-Greens shares the need for the Strategy, but "combating poverty requires resources, especially to guarantee the income of the most vulnerable people and families."

Therefore, the ciezanos ecosocialistas call on the Government to provide funds for anti-poverty policies, to strengthen social protection mechanisms and to revalue social benefits.

IU-Greens advocates to increase welfare benefits, in such a way that their amount is in line with the risk thresholds of poverty that are established at all times, and thus achieve that they fulfill the objective for which they were created, guarantee a level subsistence minimum.

Currently, the INE places the poverty risk threshold at 8,522 euros / year for the homes of one person.

However, care benefits are in 2019 well below that amount.

Another key element, in terms of healthcare benefits, is the IPREM (Public Indicator of Multiple Effects Income).

Since its creation in 2004, it has accumulated a loss of purchasing power of 8.8% as it has not been updated according to the CPI and has remained frozen in seven of the fourteen years it has been in force.

IU-Green demands that in the short term the IPREM be increased to 600 euros monthly to maintain, at least, the purchase value that it had in 2004.

On the other hand, the red-green training insists on the need for a minimum income provision that addresses the serious coverage gaps that our social protection system presents.

Probably the most obvious gap is that which affects people in situations of long-term unemployment.

To act against poverty and social exclusion, IU-Greens considers it essential to increase the financing of the Agreed Plan of Basic Social Benefits of the Local Corporations, especially the state financing.

Through this agreement between the three levels of the Administration, funding is guaranteed for the Primary Care Social Services, which are those that serve people at risk of poverty and social exclusion, including home help, alternative accommodation, social insertion, as well as information and guidance on available resources.

Since its creation in 1988, state funding for the Concerted Plan has been decreasing, to represent just 1.7% of the total in 2016. In 2012, when the economic crisis made the role of grassroots social services more necessary, state funding decreased by 47%.

Some cuts that IU-Green reported at the time and that today have not been reversed.

Source: IU-verdes Cieza

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