In 2022, given the increase in birth benefits requested, State spending on this type of aid amounted to 3,260.2 million euros, representing an increase of up to 8.3% compared to the same period of the previous year. .
According to the data provided this Friday by the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security processed 473,720 benefits for birth and child care throughout 2022, which represents an increase of 0.4% compared to the data for 2021. Of the total, 224,359 They corresponded to the first parent, usually the mother, and 249,361, to the second parent, usually the father.
The childbirth and care benefit was established in accordance with the old maternity and paternity benefits when it entered into force on January 1, 2021 and has meant the complete equalization of both. Currently, the leave is 16 weeks for both parents and is recognized as an individual and non-transferable right.
Figures by place and gender
By autonomous communities, the highest number of benefits for birth and child care has been recognized in Andalusia, with 86,106; Catalonia, with 84,287; Madrid, with 78,134; and the Valencian Community, with 48,372.
On the other hand, the number of leaves of absence to care for a child, foster child or relative discharged in 2022 was 47,455, of which 33,290 corresponded to women, 70.2%, and 14,165 to men, which is equivalent to 29.8%. The number of leaves of absence was reduced by an average of 1% compared to the year 2021.