The Council of Ministers approved this Saturday the package of measures that are included in the new anti-crisis plan due to price increases. It is the second to be approved after March. Now the duration will be six months, and not three, and will last until December 31. The new measures include a cost of 9,000 million euros, in addition to the 6,000 million of the previous plan. With this, there are 15,000 million total cost for the state coffers.
These are the new measures:
Discount on transport passes
A 50% reduction in the monthly transport bonuses in the State infrastructures, such as the commuter trains. In addition, it adds a 30% discount for transport that depends on Communities and City Councils, leaving up to 50% in the hands of these administrations. This measure, however, will only be in force from September 1 of this year and until the end of the course.
Help of 200 euros
An aid of 200 euros for families who earn less than 14,000 euros.
Increase for pensions
A 15% increase in non-contributory pensions. This measure was agreed with EH Bildu in order to carry out the law of the public employment pension fund promoted by José Luis Escrivá.
Reduction of VAT on electricity
The reduction of VAT on electricity from 10% to 5%. It is the second reduction that is made in the taxes of the electricity bill, since last year it was lowered from 21%, where the PP Government set it at the time, to 10%. Other reductions are maintained, such as the special tax on electricity at 0.5%, or the suspension of the tax on electricity generation.
The increase in the IMV is maintained
Measures that came from the previous plan, approved in March, are maintained, such as the 15% rise in the Minimum Vital Income, which is now extended until the end of the year, like the rest of the Government’s proposals to try to deal with high inflation . The discount of 20 cents on fuel is also maintained.
The cap on rent increases is maintained
The Government also extends until December 31 the limit to the rise in rents. Contracts that must be updated based on the CPI in the next six months will also be limited to increases of 2%, lower than the real evolution of prices.
The price of butane cylinders is frozen
The plan includes a freeze on the price of butane cylinders to try to contain the impact of rising energy prices for households.
Limitation of dismissals
The Government extends for another six months the prohibition of carrying out collective dismissals justified by the rise in energy costs for those companies that have received public aid.