The Minimum Vital Income (IMV) now reaches 11,732 households in Almeria where 35,832 people live, of which 16,213 are children, i.e. 45% of the total. In addition to the impact of this aid in the fight against child poverty, the granting of the IMV also reflects a marked gender bias, as 62% of the approved applications have women as the direct recipients of the aid.
The sub-delegate of the Government in Almería, José María Martín, stressed that the IMV is proving to be a “particularly effective” tool for especially vulnerable households in which children live.
Martín also pointed out the Spanish Government’s commitment to maintaining the purchasing power of recipients of the Minimum Living Income, “as the draft General State Budget Bill provides for a revaluation of 8.5%, which corresponds to the expected rise in the CPI”. In Andalusia, the IMV reaches 152,000 households and a total of 437,050 people, while at national level the figure reaches more than 1.4 million beneficiaries.
In this sense, it is worth noting that the Government has allocated more resources than any regional administration with these competences in a normal year. Since the beginning of the process, as has been the case, progress has been made in the number of protected households, which has allowed the number of households protected to rise from 5,615 last year to the 11,732 that currently have the IMV in Almeria.
In the province, the households that, in the highest proportion, receive the Minimum Vital Income are those made up of a single person (2,401 households in Almeria, with 565.28 euros per month per household) and single-parent households made up of an adult and a minor (1,586 households in the province, 859.33 euros per month per family unit). The Minimum Vital Income covers the difference up to a guaranteed income threshold that varies according to the type of household, taking into account pre-existing income, if any, with the exception of the minimum incomes of the Autonomous Communities.
Impact on the reduction of child poverty
By age, on average, Minimum Vital Income recipients are 43.51 years old. The largest group are those aged between 36 and 45, who account for more than 36% of the total.
Reducing child poverty has been one of the main objectives of the implementation of the benefit, which ensures an ultimate safety net for all citizens and guarantees a minimum income that allows them to live in dignity. In Almeria, 45% of IMV recipients are minors.