The Minister of Social Rights and the 2030 Agenda, Ione Belarra, announced on Wednesday her intention to extend paternity and maternity leave from the current four months to six. This has been advanced in an act in which he has raised some of the contents that his department plans to incorporate in the future Law of Family Diversity and Support to Families, whose preliminary draft he wants to have ready in the last quarter of the year. Belarra has specified that her department will “work” with the Ministry of Equality on this proposal: “I know how difficult it is to reconcile with work and have to leave a baby at four months in the care of other people.”
The holder of Social Rights has also put on the table that single-parent mothers can accumulate both permits, a claim of this type of families that several courts are already recognizing in Spain. Belarra has described as “important” that these mothers and fathers – the vast majority of these households are headed by women – “stop fighting” and has shown his intention to “be law.”
Currently parental leave is 16 weeks for each parent, non-transferable and paid 100%. This equalization was reached on January 1, when the reform launched in March 2019 by the Government was completed. Since then, the paternity leave has gradually increased to four months for each.
The holder of Social Rights has indicated in an interview with RNE that the Law of Family Diversity and Support to Families “will suppose a change of paradigm”, since it will try to “protect all the families of the country and not just some”. In this sense, the objective is that “all the people of the country can freely choose which family to form and how and that they see their rights protected”, he defended, since “at the moment there is no legal recognition and support in economic terms to all families “.
Another of the measures advanced by Belarra that the norm will include is an aid to the upbringing, which it has defended as “a provision sustained over time”, as well as the intention that it be “universal”, in order to “have a child does not pose a greater risk of impoverishment or a burden. ” This proposal seeks to avoid the rejection of having more children “because they cannot afford it”, and, as the policy has indicated, it should be “part of the negotiation of the General State Budgets of 2022”.
The idea of the minister is that the benefit “does not depend on the current account of the family” and that it allows to raise the children “with dignity”, since the rights of the boys and girls “cannot depend” on the economic income entering their homes, he has stated. “Based on the evidence that is objective, which is already shown by good international practices, mainly European, we think that it is the only way to tackle child poverty rates,” he stressed. As noted, in Spain there are 2.3 million minors at risk of poverty.
In this sense, the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migrations announced a little over a month ago the Government’s intention to increase resources against child poverty through a supplement of 50 euros per month per child for families in poverty. . In this way, the idea was that the aid would be received by households that exceeded the threshold to access the IMV, but that were still in poverty.
The Minister of Social Rights had already announced that the norm will recognize single-parent families as large families. At present, the Law for the Protection of Large Families, approved by the Popular Party in 2003, establishes that you must have at least three children, and the parents must have a marital bond so that they can benefit in fiscal terms. According to the minister, this would change and large families with de facto parents could access their recognition.