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342,856 households obtained the Minimum Vital Income (IMV) in Spain in 2023, in keeping with the examine launched this Wednesday by the Independent Authority for Fiscal Responsibility (Airef). This is 60,000 greater than in 2022, which this physique values ​​as a “positive” evolution within the scope of this coverage. However, the amount of potential beneficiaries has elevated a lot (from 808,000 in 2022 to 951,702 in 2023) that the proportion of these entitled to obtain it and who don’t achieve this —referred to as non-take up— stays at an identical charge: it solely falls two factors, from 58% to 56%. This excessive share, the truth that so many susceptible individuals who might get pleasure from this proper don’t, has been the main target of a lot of the reasons given by the Airef consultants this Wednesday. Based on their knowledge, it may be concluded that at the least greater than half of those folks obtain one other kind of public profit.

When it’s acknowledged that 56% of potential beneficiaries of the IMV don’t request it, plainly all these individuals are exterior the social defend of the State. But this isn’t the case. The organisation headed by Cristina Herrero has offered a key piece of knowledge on this regard: of that 56%, there are 5 factors that correspond to the minimal incomes of the autonomous communities. In different phrases, all these folks don’t request the IMV as a result of, amongst different explicit causes, they’re already below the umbrella of autonomous social safety. This is 47,500 households, in keeping with AIReF estimates.

This thought is consolidated with one of many paradoxes of non-take up: the speed could be very excessive in Catalonia, an autonomous area that has a well-established regional community of assured advantages. In this area, 67% of potential beneficiaries of the IMV don’t request it, however inside that proportion, 17% profit from the regional minimal revenue. In the Basque Country, there are nearly 4 occasions extra individuals who solely obtain minimal revenue than those that solely obtain the IMV, who in precept can be eligible for the second profit.

Beyond the minimal revenue, individuals who might obtain the IMV and don’t obtain it profit from different help. The essential one is unemployment profit, because the company recalled in its report. This knowledge is from 2021, however the company specifies that it has not modified considerably since then: 53% of potential beneficiaries who don’t request the profit obtain unemployment, whether or not contributory or help. Airef assures that public administrations don’t present it with enough knowledge to specify precisely how many individuals entitled to the IMV obtain different advantages, however from this succession of knowledge it’s clear that at the least greater than half are on this state of affairs.

In its 2022 report, because the group recalled, it indicated that 38% of households non take-up “would increase their income by less than 30% if they received the IMV”. Airef will handle this difficulty in nice element in 2025 or 2026. It is then anticipated to publish a report on the complementarity and overlap of the IMV with different non-contributory advantages.

According to knowledge from the Tax Authority, solely 36% of potential beneficiaries obtained the profit in 2023, one level greater than in 2022. At the identical time, solely 19% of potential beneficiaries of kid help obtained this help (seven factors greater than the earlier yr) and, total, the IMV solely reached 17% of households susceptible to extreme poverty.

It ought to be famous that the variety of complete beneficiaries reported by Airef (343,000) differs a lot from that reported by the ministry (half 1,000,000 on the finish of 2023, 625,000 in June) as a result of the ministry counts as IMV recipients those that solely profit from youngster help, some 180,000 advantages of a median quantity of about 127 euros. The company doesn’t depend these households.

Stagnant scope

And why doesn't the speed enhance? non take-up? The physique headed by Herrero warns of three essential causes. The first has already been described, the remainder of the general public advantages that these folks can obtain and that hold them from dealing with the IMV process. The second is that the revenue criterion is linked to the financial state of affairs of the household within the yr previous to the applying, therefore the physique calls for that the information be extra intently linked to the current, if attainable by social contributions. This take a look at the previous when granting “makes it difficult for the benefit to capture situations of sudden poverty.” The third cause is the problem in defining cohabitation models. In its qualitative evaluation, Airef has discovered that sure sorts of households (with registered however absent members, prolonged households, unregistered {couples}…) report difficulties that discourage them from making use of.

In the face of issues because of the non-take upthe Tax Authority has insisted on the recommendation it has been repeating for a while. The essential one is “to bring benefits closer to citizens automatically using ex officio granting schemes”. The lately authorised automated gateway when the unemployment profit runs out to the IMV “advances in the direction of this proposal”, considers the Airef. It additionally requires “strengthening individualised information and support campaigns” and “guaranteeing the continued publication of homogeneous and comparable statistics on the beneficiaries and monthly amounts of the minimum income programmes”.

Improvement in comparison with 2020

Airef has insisted on the “positive effects” that the IMV has had for probably the most susceptible since its launch, at the start of 2020: “This stagnation in achieving its potential [en referencia a la cantidad de personas que no lo solicitan] This does not prevent us from observing some significant facts arising from the deployment of the IMV. Firstly, it has expanded the number of households under the umbrella of a last resort benefit with respect to the situation prior to its entry into force.”

According to calculations, earlier than the implementation of the IMV, in May 2020, there have been 239,227 households receiving regional minimal incomes, whereas, as of October 2023, 513,871 households obtain the IMV and/or a regional minimal revenue. “The IMV continues to attract very vulnerable households, as evidenced by the fact that the median duration of the benefit is 30 months or that 40% have received it since the implementation of the IMV in 2020,” the report provides.

The report welcomes one of many newest modifications to the IMV, the employment incentive: “30% of households receiving the IMV have increased their income from work between 2021 and 2022, with practically 100% of these increases being exempt from determining the amount of the benefit.”

“IMV is a living policy”

The Ministry of Social Security makes a “positive” evaluation of the Airef analysis “which complements the one carried out continuously by the ministry.” Elma Saiz's division highlights that they’re working “on an exhaustive evaluation to identify areas for improvement based on evidence and best practices at an international level.” Along these traces, she highlights two paths: “Moving towards a benefit where the amounts reflect more quickly the economic reality of families and making criteria for access to the benefit more flexible.”

At the identical time, they declare that the IMV “is a living policy that was launched in record time, at a very delicate moment, during the pandemic, with the aim of protecting the most vulnerable households from the scourge of the crisis.” The ministry recollects that “it was implemented in just two months, when the average for this type of benefit, both in Spain and in Europe, is seven and eight years.” It additionally recollects that the IMV “is not the only policy to combat situations of poverty and/or social exclusion in this country.” It specifies that the rise from 808,000 potential beneficiaries in 2022 to 951,702 in 2023 is because of the revaluation of advantages within the final yr, resulting from which the revenue threshold will increase.

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