Updated on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 – 19:30
The Minister of Labor and Social Economy, Yolanda DazANGEL DE ANTONIO
Social Security has proposed to suppress since October 1 the extraordinary benefit for freelancers with loss of billing that they have not contributed enough and that in August they received 141,000 freelancers, as sources of the negotiation have confirmed to ..
The Government’s approach is to limit extraordinary benefits in exchange for improving the exemptions of Social Security contributions to encourage the maintenance of the activity.
The general director of Social Security, Borja Surez, met this Wednesday with the autonomous associations ATA, UPTA and UATAE, to negotiate the continuity of aid to this group, which expire next September 30.
Government sources have explained that the new proposed aid scheme would allow the bulk of the affected self-employed group to enjoy exemptions in contributions to support the reactivation.
The benefits, however, will be limited to those who have their activity suspended, low-income seasonal freelancers and to those who can access the ordinary termination benefit compatible with the activity by meeting the requirements of a lack of contribution, aid that in total received 85,226 people in August.
The exemptions already represented a novelty in the scheme that is still in force for aid that was agreed in May, by setting reductions in the quotas of all self-employed workers who were protected in the previous period (almost 460,000 between February and May).
Specifically, the exemption was 90% in June, 75% in July, 50% in August and 25% in September.
In September, 219,000 freelancers have benefited from this 25% exemption, according to the latest data from Social Security.
Furthermore, in itselfSeptember there are still 225,000 workers Self-employed beneficiaries of any of the current benefits, less than half the number three months before and 81% less than in April 2020.
AUTONOMOUS ASSOCIATIONS REQUEST THAT PROTECTION BE MAINTAINED
The President of ATA, Lorenzo Love, has indicated on his Twitter account that he has conveyed to the Government his rejection of the proposal to abolish the extraordinary benefit and has offered to continue negotiating for the next few days.
In his opinion, the elimination of aid for low-income self-employed workers who do not meet the requirements to access the benefit compatible with the activity leave 80% unprotected of the 226,000 freelancers who receive a benefit.
ATA sources have explained that, to the 141,000 who receive the benefit without a grace period and who will be initially unprotected, there are all those who in the coming months will be without work and / or without having the contribution period necessary to access ordinary service.
The president of UPTA, Eduardo Abad, he has considered that the extraordinary cessation of activity “cannot disappear” and has asked for it to be extended, an essential requirement to reach an agreement, he has assured ..
“There are sectors of activity such as travel agencies, tourist guides, cultural and musical activities or professionals of fair shows, among others, that still suffer the economic impact derived from the pandemic,” Abad has made clear.
UATAE has asked the Government to “reconsider any attempt to cut protection for those who continue to need it” and hope that it will make the extension of extraordinary benefits effective until January 31.
In a statement, the Secretary General of UATAE, Mara Jos Landaburu, has also raised to the Ministry the need to offer an exemption in the quotas for those self-employed who do not cause the right to any benefits.
On the other hand, the Ministry has proposed at the meeting aid for the self-employed on La Palma, according to the president of ATA, who stressed that these workers “are living through some hard times.”
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