The president of the Independent Authority for Fiscal Responsibility (AIReF), Cristina Herrero Sánchez, in a file image. (EFE/ Javier Lizón)
The Independent Authority for Fiscal Responsibility (AIReF) confirms that the number of beneficiaries of the Minimum Vital Income (IMV) did not advance in 2022 compared to 2021, since its scope remains at 284,000 households, a figure that represented 40% of households that they could receive it in 2021 (700,000) but only 35% of potential households received it in the past year (800,000).
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AIReF identifies “difficulties and little progress” in the deployment of this non-contributory benefit aimed at preventing the risk of poverty for people who lack basic financial resources to cover their basic needs. This despite the actions aimed at favoring their request and enhancing the effectiveness of the benefit.
According to the agency, there are 43,000 households that have started the benefit in 2022 and no variations are observed among households that could receive the IMV, but do not request it, which amounts to 58% (469,000), a figure similar to that of 2021. There are also no major changes in the processing, since 69% of the applications are denied and the processing lasts around 120 days. The effective annual cost of the IMV was 1,900 million euros last year, 47% of its potential.
Despite these data, AIReF confirms that the benefit is reaching the most vulnerable households, as evidenced by the fact that 62% of the beneficiaries have been receiving the benefit since 2020 and 54% had not received any salary in the previous three years. to the benefit
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