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Galicia will co-manage “in the coming months” the minimum vital income, which will be integrated with the Inclusion Income

The President of the Xunta, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, and the Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration , José Luis Escrivá, this Thursday in Santiago de Compostela.Lavandeira jr (EFE)

The Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration, José Luis Escrivá, and the President of the Xunta, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, have reached a compromise so that Galicia can jointly manage “in the coming months” the minimum vital income (IMV), so that a “single window” is established for applications with an integration with the Social Inclusion Income of Galicia (Risga). At a press conference after meeting in Santiago, the minister has advanced that this co-management will be effective in “very manageable terms”. In this way, it will be sought that the IMV “is complementary” with the Risga in two grants that “nest” and give rise to “comprehensive management of the two benefits”.

After the request that the Xunta had made on this issue in recent times, now the path of autonomies such as the Basque Country that have that co-management of the IMV will be followed. In this sense, Núñez Feijóo has indicated that the Galician community will be in charge of the processing, while the central government recognizes the benefit, finances and authorizes its payment. “That's good for the General State Administration, it's good for the regional Administration,” he asserts. “We have unlocked the start of co-management of the minimum vital income, a start of joint collaboration for its processing. We hope that in the coming weeks we can have a text in which to move forward and, if possible, reach an agreement”, Núñez Feijóo maintained. This will mean advancing in “the management of efficient public spending” and “having a single registry”.

In this way, Escrivá has announced that work will be done to “design the roadmap” with which Galicia can be one of the “pioneer” communities in this management of the IMV in a “near” way. And he has also indicated that “the commitment is here” and specific documents that govern the general framework for the agreement will be addressed “very soon”. With regard to integration with Risga, the minister stated that “citizens' work will be made easier” so that “they have a single entry element when it comes to accessing last-resort aid benefits.” Feijóo has given the example that Galicia already carries out the joint management of 37,000 non-contributory pensions. Thus, the IMV “should work in a similar way” and “improved” with a “single window”, because “it does not make much sense” that the same citizens can opt for inclusion income from the State and Xunta, but have to go to “two windows, with two different public administrations and two different regulations”. In this line, the head of the Galician Government has committed “loyalty” to the central Executive for this co-management “in accordance with parameters that are agreed in a model agreement”.

Pilot project

At the same time, an agreement has been signed to that 1,700 vulnerable Galician families – some 5,100 people – participate in a pilot project of IMV inclusion itineraries, which will focus on tackling child poverty with different measures. It will have 10.6 million for two years ―from the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan―. The project will begin to be deployed immediately and will run until June 2023. It will be carried out in the four provinces, especially in the seven cities, where there is a greater concentration of vulnerable households with minors.

However, the project plans to include families residing in rural areas. The actions will consist of the design and provision to each household of an individualized action plan that is structured around three service packages. Both IMV and Risga beneficiaries will participate in an “experimental” project, which will seek to be “successful” with the aim of its generalization. Firstly, there is a social support package, with actions in health and care, housing and energy supply, digital skills, parental responsibility and the promotion of community action and cooperation. Some examples may be help paying rent, glasses or dental bills. Secondly, an educational package is planned, with school reinforcement activities, access to extracurricular activities or aid for material, among others. Finally, there is an activation package for employment, both in the workplace and in terms of conciliation.

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“We aspire to make it more than a benefit, we aspire to make it a complete social policy that contributes to the inclusion of vulnerable people in our society”, Escrivá has assessed about the IMV. All this in an act in the Pazo de Raxoi, in Santiago, which was attended, among others, by the Minister of Social Policy, Fabiola García, and the Government delegate, José Miñones.

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