The Regional Ministry of Social Inclusion, Youth, Families and Equality allocates this year at regional level more than 14.8 million euros to the Family Economic Aid Programme for this financial year 2022, which provides temporary benefits, either in cash or in kind, for families with minors in their care to meet their basic needs when they lack sufficient resources to do so. Specifically in Almeria, the Provincial Council and the six town councils of municipalities with a population of over 20,000 inhabitants will receive a total of 1,237,769 euros for this financial year 2022.
The Official Gazette of the Andalusian Regional Government (BOJA) has published this week the order corresponding to the distribution of the complementary credits coming from the Ministry of Social Rights and Agenda 2030, which total 11.2 million euros and which must be transferred by the Autonomous Community of Andalusia to the provincial councils and town councils of Andalusian municipalities with a population of over 20,000 inhabitants. This credit is in addition to the amount of 3,569,998 euros of regional funds provided for in the order of 1 June, which will mean a total amount in 2022 for this programme of 14,850,620.37 euros, with the total credit invested in 2022 representing an increase of 7.19 percent with respect to 2021.
This aid will be managed by 93 local entities throughout Andalusia and this year it is expected to help 19,000 families and 36,000 minors. In addition, they are aimed at preventing, reducing or eliminating factors that generate situations of difficulty for minors, in order to avoid their institutionalisation and enable their integration into the family and social environment. Thus, the aim of the programme is to allow children to remain in their environment when they are in families at risk of exclusion.
The Regional Minister for Social Inclusion, Youth, Families and Equality, Loles López, stressed the importance of this aid, which “allows us to provide a preventative response by acting on the most vulnerable families”. “The aim is for these minors to be able to remain in their family environment and to help families, which are the basis of any society”, she remarked, before stressing that this aid is aimed at avoiding factors that generate situations of difficulty or social risk for the minors.
The family financial aid is constituted as complementary benefits of the Community Social Services, of a temporary nature, in cash or in kind, which are granted to families to meet the basic needs of children and adolescents in their care when they lack sufficient financial resources to do so.
This aid, managed by the Community Social Services, constitutes the first level of action and attention to citizens in order to achieve better living conditions for the population. Due to their configuration and nature, these services have the most extensive technical and professional network and cover the entire territory of the Autonomous Community.
According to the evaluation data of this programme, which has been offered uninterruptedly since 1998, 42,754 minors and 22,702 families throughout Andalusia benefited from family economic aid under the 2020 appropriations.