Thursday, September 29

United for Extremadura asks for a bonus of 300 euros for families with incomes below 50,000 euros

Meeting between United for Extremadura, the PSOE and Vice President Pilar Blanco-Morales. / JM ROMERO

The coalition rejects the tax reduction proposal presented by the PP

John Soriano

United for Extremadura requests the payment of a bonus of 300 euros to families in the region who have gross income below 50,000 euros per year and who do not receive the minimum vital income. It also claims an energy bonus of 500 euros for the self-employed and companies to compensate for the rise in energy.

The deputies of United for Extremadura Irene de Miguel, Joaquín Macías and Lorena Rodríguez have presented to the First Vice President and Minister of Finance of the Board, Pilar Blanco-Morales, eight specific measures to help families in the face of the economic crisis generated by the war from Ukraine. The meeting was held in the framework of the negotiation for the preparation of the 2023 Budgets and was also attended by parliamentarians from the Socialist Group.

Irene de Miguel has pointed out that the increase in prices suffered by families due to the rise in prices due to the war in Ukraine, but also due to “speculation by large energy companies and food distributors” is estimated at 215 euros. For this reason, she asks for clear measures in the regional accounts, which next year will have 700 million more revenues. “This crisis cannot be paid for by the usual people, the working class,” she added.

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Both the 300-euro bonus for families and the 500-euro energy bonus for the self-employed and companies would be paid in a single payment. Together with this, United for Extremadura calls for universal and free school canteens and for breakfast to be included. “We want to guarantee them at least two meals,” she explained.

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It also proposes that educational centers install photovoltaic panels so that they are self-sufficient and that they also serve as an energy pole in the neighborhoods to supply electricity to the most vulnerable families.

Likewise, it asks to reduce to 50% the rates of nurseries and day centers and create a regional transport subscription to be able to take advantage of the reduction allowed by the Government. Meanwhile, it claims to halve the price of road passenger transport tickets.

Finally, United for Extremadura proposes to ensure the financing of mental health and launch a Price Observatory to avoid payments below cost. For Irene de Miguel, it is enough to enforce the Food Chain Law “against those who want to abuse our producers.”

“These are emergencies, needs of the population,” he insisted. The coalition spokeswoman has indicated that these are proposals and that it is up to the regional government to estimate their economic impact and study where to get the money to pay for them. But she has pointed out that the regional Executive has been receptive to ideas and is willing to study them.

Opposition groups are scheduled for a new round of meetings next week. The objective is to present the draft Budget Law before October 15, as required by the Statute of Autonomy.

Irene de Miguel has been available to the Board to continue negotiating, but considers it difficult to close an agreement with all the opposition parties, since she is against the tax reduction requested by the PP. “It goes totally against our approach,” she said.

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