The Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration has made public this Wednesday that the Minimum Vital Income (IMV) has added 55,267 beneficiaries throughout the month of May, this represents the largest increase recorded throughout the year, after having exceeded the initial target of 600,000 homes in April. More than 1.8 million people received this aid, which was born in the context of the pandemic to provide solutions to the social group at risk of poverty, which was on the rise. The portfolio of José Luis Escrivá celebrates that the IMV is “having a special incidence in the reduction of child poverty”, given that 43% of the beneficiaries are minors and 70% of the families that are, have at least one dependent son.
As reported by the Ministry, it is mostly women who receive this aid, since they account for 54% of the total (978,964), while two out of every three families that receive the IMV have a woman as the owner. These used to be closer to the buses and information tents set up by the Escrivá portfolio in different parts of the country, however, there is no new data in this regard. On the other hand, the Inclusion team has shared that the number of minors who benefit from the Child Aid Supplement (CAPI) also increases by 13,032, reaching 368,560 at the end of May. This aid ranges from 115 to 57 euros, depending on the age of the children in charge.
Once the goal of 600,000 has been exceeded, the focus is on expanding its scope until it reaches the maximum number of possible beneficiaries, which according to the Government could amount to 850,000. However, this number is uncertain since there is no official registry of vulnerable people or at risk of vulnerability. In addition, leaving the underground economy is a condition that may be limiting its scope, since many families may understand that it is not worth it for them to put aside their livelihood to access IMV. The benefit requires having a job or being actively looking for one, so that these people are not tempted to leave the labor market.