The Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC) has ordered the Generalitat to “immediately pay” and “pay in one go” the money that it owes to 22 municipalities for the part that corresponds to it in financing public nurseries and that it cut during the economic crisis, ten years ago.
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The consistories, according to the TSJC, have the right to receive the 1,300 euros per course and school student corresponding to the 2012-2013, 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 courses, according to the order advanced by ‘El Periódico’. In addition, it orders that the payment, which amounts to 24 million, be made now.
The fight between city councils, the majority of the PSC, and the Generalitat for the financing of the nurseries began when the Government of Artur Mas began to withdraw financial support to the municipalities for the management of the nurseries until reducing it to zero in 2014. Among the complainant municipalities include cities such as Tarragona, Lleida, Viladecans, Sant Boi, Hospitalet de Llobregat or Santa Coloma de Gramenet.
For its part, the Government has announced that it will appeal the order and has recalled that since the 2019-2020 academic year, already with ERC at the helm of the Ministry, a “cut that dates from 2012” has been “reversed”. Regarding the return of the debt to the municipalities, the Catalan executive assures that a part of these delays has already been paid. “At least”, they say, 26 million euros. And they emphasize that payments will continue to be made until 2029.
On the other hand, they have recalled the activation of the measure of free Infant 2 -the last year of nursery schools-, which represents an investment of 84.7 million according to the last approved budget, that of 2023. Lastly, it stands out that The total investment planned in stage 0-3 in the 2023 budget is 192 million euros, “an increase of 50% compared to the 2022 accounts”.