Despite the different positions held by the PSOE and United We Can, the Council of Ministers approved a package of social and economic measures for those workers who have not seen any income in their pockets for 15 days.
In general terms, the aid agreed is extensions' for 3.2 million self-employed workers and small and medium-sized enterprises. This is a moratorium of up to six months on the payment of social security contributions.
What about rent? Two concrete measures: extraordinary deferrals and credits from the State. Evictions are suspended until September of this year and those leases that were expiring will be extended for six more months. Public micro-credits will be provided to cover the payment of housing and premises rents. Cancellations will be offered for six to ten years at a 0% interest and commission rate. What if I can't pay after this time? Once the economic situation of each individual is accredited, the State would open a public money line.
Who are the beneficiaries? All families with unemployed people, citizens affected by the ERTE or with reductions working hours and self-employed people who do not reach the limit of three times the IPREM. The Public Indicator of Multiple Effect Income (IPREM) is the reference index in Spain for the allocation of aid and subsidies based on income. It was introduced on 1 July 2004 to replace the Minimum Interprofessional Wage. The ERTE is a temporary employment regulation scheme. It is an authorization that the company you work for receives to temporarily suspend the work contract. You still belong to the company; however, you are in a special situation in which you do not receive the full salary from the company but through public aid from the State.
On the other hand, it was recalled that at the moment there is an extension of mortgage moratoriums in Spain. The bank will not be able to demand the monthly payment until the Covid-19 crisis is over. Likewise, the electricity, water and gas companies will not be able to cut off the supply of services.
Two more measures: A benefit is contemplated for household employees, who will be able to collect 70% of their social security contributions. In the case of victims of violence, the Council of Ministers approved a royal decree that includes measures to guarantee protection and assistance to victims of male violence by making available hotels to serve as accommodation. Thus, it declared as essential the services of care for victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking for sexual exploitation.
The Government states that it "does everything in its power". The self-employed maintains that "are small print aids" because "debts are not forgiven but postponed". An example of this is that today, March 31, at 8:00 a.m. (in a timely manner) the self-employed saw their monthly payment charged to their bank account. The officialdom says: "You pay everything today". The workers without money ask themselves: When will you pay me back the last 15 days of March, which is when the State of Alarms began to rule?
Self-employed: Your day has come. This has just begun.