The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, announced this Saturday that he will bring to the Council of Ministers next Tuesday the update of pensions for the year 2022. In an act of the Asturian Socialist Federation in Gijón, Sánchez has valued “the effort that we are doing together so that our elders have more decent pensions”.
Specifically, the head of the Executive has indicated that “throughout 2021 and 2022” “6,500 million euros will be invested in the dignity of pensions for our elders”. In a comparative exercise, Sánchez has assured that, if the PP system is maintained, a minimum pension of 637 in 2017 would today be 646 euros and “with the new model, it will charge 720”, while an average pension, which four years ago it stood at 1,071 euros, today it would be, without the reform, 1,085, but with the changes it will remain at 1,182. Some increases that Sánchez has affirmed that they give “justice and dignity for our elders”.
“Next Tuesday we are going to update the pensions of our elders for the year 2022,” Sánchez said. The Government had already confirmed the 2.5% increase in pensions for this year 2022, after the ratification of the November CPI data. With this increase, non-contributory pensions will stand this year at 10,103.8 euros, divided into 14 payments, while the maximum will reach 39,468.6 euros, about 2,819 euros per month.
“Despite the difficulties and mistakes, the Government has not rested a single day to improve the dignity of our elders”, said Sánchez during his speech, in which he assured that they have been “those who have suffered with special gravity the onslaught of covid “. In addition, he has opted for “strengthening our welfare state” because “individual progress goes hand in hand with collective progress.” The President of the Government has also insisted on the need to get out of the pandemic with a national health system and primary care that is “much stronger and more limited”. “Now that we are seeing how ómicron is hitting primary care above all, we must show solidarity with all health professionals,” he said.
In the same act, Sánchez asked the PP to stop its campaign against the management of European funds: “I implore you not to question European funds, because that is the most important thing now for Spain to continue growing.” “Don’t put that at risk,” said the President of the Government, because “blocking European funds is not blocking the Spanish government, it is blocking recovery and job creation.”
These funds, said Sánchez, “represent an enormous opportunity, as did the cohesion funds and the structural funds in the 1980s and 1990s.” “There are things that do not change, because the same people who called Felipe (González) a beggar, are the ones who today say that these funds are not necessary for our country or that they are poorly managed,” he has reproached the opposition.
In a harsher tone, the deputy secretary of the party, Adriana Lastra, has spoken, who from the rostrum and before a reduced capacity due to the pandemic, has accused the opposition of having “no idea what they are talking about” and has asked ” Stop being ridiculous.” “This week we are seeing a kind of offensive by the PP against European funds,” said Lastra, who mentioned the accusation by the opposition that the government distributes the funds among related communities, when among the six that have received, four are governed by the ‘popular’. “Then they say that they don’t care, that what they want are mechanisms, when the mechanisms are approved by the European Commission,” he defended.
As usual in his latest speeches, Sánchez has defended the “culture of dialogue and agreement as a way of doing politics”. A dialogue that the president always vindicates with the example of the labor reform. “It is evident that it is not the labor reform that the PSOE would have carried out. Certainly not that of our government partners or businessmen,” he justified, to defend the virtue of the agreement. Lastra, for her part, has been convinced that the reform will be approved on the 3rd because “it is a country agreement, which is good for the workers and for the businessmen” and has asked herself “what the PP defends (voting in against) if it does not defend the interest of workers or employers”.
The leader of the Asturian Socialists and President of the Principality, Adrián Barbón, took advantage of his speech to recall that “all the right-wing coalition governments have been blown up and the one that remains has little left”. “Look at what stability means in the face of that: not one of the socialist coalition governments has been blown up,” he said, referring to the call for early elections in Castilla y León.