The deterioration in the labor market and the increase in restrictions to curb infections also caused an increase in the number of professionals receiving any of the special measures that have been put in place to protect jobs during the pandemic. That is, ERTEs and special benefits for self-employed workers. Between the two, there were 40,796 beneficiaries last month, according to figures provided by the Ministry of Inclusion and Social Security, which is 4,643 more than in December.
A significant increase, but which still does not fully reflect the uptick in requests that were submitted from the 19th, when the closure of the hotel industry and the limitation of business hours decreed by the Generalitat came into force, since many requests are still In process.
In the specific case of the Temporary Employment Regulation Files (ERTE), at the end of the month there were 25,673 workers affected by this measure, 2,307 more than in December. Of these, 7,589 were included in files due to force majeure -those that were approved at the beginning of the pandemic-; another 3,059 in ERTE for productive or organizational reasons; and something else from 15.000 in some of the new modalities approved in the successive extensions approved as of June to cover the new closings to which many businesses have been subjected, as new limitations were adopted.
Despite the fact that the objective is to cover most of the cases, the head of the Devesa & Calvo Labor Department, Jose Luis Valverde, draws attention to the difficulties that some businesses are encountering to approve your files, since the Administration it has raised the level of demand when it comes to demonstrating the effect of the restrictions. Especially in those cases where a direct closure has not been decreed. “There are establishments that can open without limitations, such as pharmacies, but the problem is that, with the closing of the stores, after six there is no one on the street and it does not compensate them to be open,” explains the specialist, which also ensures that some companies are already opting for direct layoffs in the face of this system, as the crisis lasts longer than expected.
Regarding the special benefits for cessation of activity for self-employed workers, Social Security accounted for 20,199 applications in January compared to 16,116 in December, of which 15,123 were approved at the end of the month, compared to 12,787 in the previous period.
Aid from the Consell
On the other hand, the Official Gazette of the Generalitat published this Tuesday the new direct aid from Labora for companies and the self-employed included in the Resistir Plan. The call includes a grant of 600 euros for self-employed workers and the same amount for companies for each full-time employee, or 300 euros if they are part-time. The deadline to request them opens tomorrow, Thursday, at 9 am, and ends on February 17. The endowment is 80 million euros and they are only for the sectors most affected by the covid.
The Provincial Council contributes 14.7 million to the Plan Resistir
The Alicante Provincial Council will contribute 14.7 million euros to the aid plan for the hospitality industry and other sectors affected by the covid that the Generalitat Valenciana, the provincial councils and town councils of the Community have launched. In this way, the Alicante institution will finance 22.5% of the subsidies corresponding to each beneficiary municipality. The president of the Provincial Council, Carlos Mazón, signed yesterday the decree of adhesion to Plan Resistir that, as he pointed out, must be accompanied by tax exemptions for self-employed workers and companies.
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