Wednesday, August 17

The Community of Madrid hides data so as not to clarify the total income of the beneficiaries of its scholarships

The Community of Madrid has broken down this Wednesday the income by family member of the beneficiaries of the checks for high school. It has done so two days before the award of these aids to co-finance studies in private centers and hiding the number of members of each household, which prevents knowing the total income of the winners with between 2,000 and 3,700 euros for the next course and, consequently, put an end to the controversy over the granting of aid to ‘cienmileurista’ families.

Ayuso now recognizes that a family with three children and 180,000 euros of income “is not having a bad time”, although he opts for his scholarships

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“More than 94% of the scholarships are going to be awarded or have already been awarded to families with incomes of less than 20,000 euros,” explained the Minister of the Presidency, Enrique López, at the press conference after the Governing Council. According to the data provided by the Executive to try to dismantle what they have classified as a “campaign more on the left”, 63.1% of the checks will go to income of less than 10,000 euros per year and 31.1 %, up to 20,000 euros.

During his speech, López did not mention at any time that this rent was per capita, but referred only to family income. Although it is true that the income ceiling to apply for this aid has always been 35,913 euros per member of the family unit, including children, the regional Executive has introduced family income in its interventions. Although initially from the Ministry of Education they indicated to this newsroom that López was referring to income per family, they have finally clarified that it is income per family member.

This means that the data offered by the Community of Madrid this Wednesday does not serve to clarify the controversy over the granting of aid to high-income families, despite the fact that López has claimed that “all those who criticize this policy take these figures into account, stop distorting reality and stop being demagogic and intoxicating public opinion with falsehoods, with interested half-truths to give a distorted version of what the Government is doing”.

For example, in the lowest income bracket, less than 10,000 euros, which are the ones that benefit the most, a family made up of two parents and one child could earn up to 30,000 euros. As the family grows, the section that allows obtaining aid to finance education in a private center also increases from 10,000 to 10,000 euros. Thus, a couple with two children could have a total income of up to 40,000 euros.

This is replicated in all sections. In the next one, which goes from 10,000 to 20,000 euros of income, and which represents 31.1% of the total, a family made up of two parents and one child could enter up to 60,000 euros. If you have two children, up to 80,000, and if there are 3, up to 100,000 euros. In the range that goes from 20,000 to 30,000 euros, which is 4.9% of the beneficiaries, to exceed the six-digit threshold, a couple with two children is enough: they could earn up to 120,000 euros a year and would be receiving public aid from the Community.

López has detailed that, “only 100,000 euros have fallen on those with the highest earnings, of more than 30,000 euros.” Thus, the Ayuso Executive confirms that it has given public money to co-finance private studies for families with incomes above 30,000 euros per member, which in the case of a couple with a child would be above 90,000 euros. If he had two children, it would be 120,000 up to an amount that the counselor has not detailed. In this section, for example, a couple with three children who entered 180,000 euros would enter, despite the fact that the regional president recognized a few days ago that “it is certainly not middle class, or it is certainly not a family that is having a bad time” .

“Well, it turns out that they were not scholarships for the rich,” the president of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, has tweeted. But, do the data provided by your Executive rule out that families with incomes above 100,000 euros have received aid? Absolutely. Without knowing the number of members per household, it is impossible to determine the ceiling of income that enters those households to which the government subsidizes the studies of their children in private centers.

“The regional Executive is very proud of this scholarship policy that promotes real equality for all students,” said López. A scholarship policy that consists of co-financing studies in private centers that offer baccalaureate and that also extends to early childhood education and professional training, but that leaves out families with fewer resources that cannot afford the part that is not covered by the financial aid. the Community of Madrid.

This year, the aid reaches 13,000 families in this post-compulsory education stage, 10,000 more than last year, after the effort of the Ayuso Government to increase the amount allocated to them. If for the course that has just ended the Executive invested 9 million euros in this concept, for the next one it will be 43.5 million, which will go directly to private companies. The amounts per family have also increased, from 3,000 to 3,750 euros for those who earn less than 10,000 euros per member, while those above continue to receive 2,000 euros, although the section to qualify for them has been extended from 10,000 to 35,913 euros.

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