Guar­an­teed in­come for Va­len­cia res­i­dents

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By Dave Jones A BA­SIC liv­ing in­come for all res­i­dents is the ma­jor com­mit­ment of the Va­len­cia re­gional gov­ern­ment’s bud­get for 2018.

The Com­pro­mís party, which is rul­ing in coali­tion with the So­cial­ists (PSOE), has in­di­cated that this could be around €531 a month for an in­di­vid­ual.

Deputy pres­i­dent Mónica Ol­tra said this week that €88.5 mil­lion had been set aside for this pol­icy next year.

Sra Ol­tra ex­plained that over­all pub­lic spend­ing in the re­gion would in­crease by 6.7% on 2017 to €15.2 bil­lion.

Of this, €1.2 bil­lion will be spent by her equal­ity and in­clu­siv­ity depart­ment – an in­crease of 15.2% on this year.

She stated that their pri­or­ity was to ‘res­cue peo­ple’ and to work for a so­ci­ety in which ‘equal op­por­tu­ni­ties for all peo­ple is a re­al­ity’.

Sra Ol­tra said this will be done with poli­cies de­signed to re­duce poverty and sup­port fam­i­lies.

She noted that the ba­sic liv­ing in­come pro­posal is cur­rently go­ing through the re­gional par­lia­ment.

The bud­get pro­posed for this mea­sure has been in­creased, she noted, be­cause it will cover more peo­ple in dif­fer­ent cir­cum­stances and will be avail­able ‘for as long as the perAt son is in a sit­u­a­tion of need’.

The deputy pres­i­dent also said that the monies avail­able to help peo­ple pur­chase medicines, af­ter the na­tional gov­ern­ment in­tro­duced the so-called co-pay­ment (co­pago) scheme, will be in­creased by 64%.

the same time, the bud­get to com­bat do­mes­tic vi­o­lence is be­ing in­creased by 30% to €12 mil­lion.

Sra Ol­tra noted that she would be out­lin­ing the con­tents of the bud­get in the re­gional par­lia­ment this week.

Mónica Ol­tra is pre­sent­ing the bud­get to the re­gional par­lia­ment this week

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