EH Bildu proposes to create a universal benefit of 150 euros per month for the education of sons and daughters

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At the request of the nationalist coalition, the Basque Parliament will hold a monographic debate on the demographic challenge next Wednesday, May 18.

The EH Bildu faction is going to propose in plenary monograph on the demographic challenge next week by the Basque Parliament, the launch of a universal allowance of 150 euros for the education of sons and daughters. Families would get that help monthly up to 18 years.

During a press conference in parliament, Nerea Korta Jaara recalled that next Wednesday May 18At the request of its group, EH Bildu, the Basque Parliament will hold a monographic debate on the demographic challenge.

After stressing that demographics is a “strategic issue” for EH Bildu, he criticized the fact that currently “it’s not on the political agenda” and for this reason he explained that he considers it necessary to hold this plenary session “to initiate a dialogue and carry out joint work”.

“We will go to the plenary with an attitude of contribution and agree, because we believe that the demographic strategy to be really effective, the contributions of everyone are needed. Therefore, a serious, transparent and public debate is needed; to to weave broad similarities between groupsin relation to the direction, priorities and measures that the strategy should have,” he defended.

Kortajaara has confirmed that “we are from a failed strategy“, as it set as its target the increase in the birth rate, which is “at an all-time low”, and pointed out that “in Euskadi, having sons and daughters is a factor of poverty”.

“It doesn’t seem that the course is being corrected too much. There is a certain disarray in the approach launched by the Basque government. We think it is based on an approach that is wrong,” he said.

For this reason, the coalition is committed to “moving towards a” sustainable and fair demographic model“for what he considers necessary “to tackle the social organization of care” and “activate government policies that guarantee a decent life”, because if not, “failure is assured”.

Kortajaara has argued that Wednesday’s debate is not about birth rates or strategies to increase them, but wants “at the center of political debate” issues such as the living conditions of citizens; the uncertainty caused by the price of housing and job insecurity; the deterioration of women’s living conditions over the past ten years or the roles assigned to men and women; among other things.

Universal benefit for education

The parliamentarian has put forward that EH Bildu will propose in the plenary the introduction of a universal allowance for the education of sons and daughters, of 150 euros, a benefit that would be received monthly up to 18 years

“It’s an advantage that already works in Germany, Denmark, Belgium or Ireland. While it’s true that they don’t increase the birth rate, they are wealth generators and it has been shown to be one of the most effective measures against child poverty,” he explained.

As he explained, they propose a universal benefit that “would be later” combined with more sectoral policies and other fiscal measures that would constitute a complete package to tackle parenting under different circumstances”.

In the same vein, the coalition will also discuss in the plenary that the public transport is free for minors up to 12 years of age.

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Source: EITB

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