Finally, there is an agreement within the Government to prohibit evictions by decree until the end of the state of alarm. At least, in cases where there is no alternative housing. In other words, in which the family subjected to the eviction procedure does not have “a decent home” to go to.
But who has it if you are being evicted for defaults on the house you are living in? The logical thing is to conclude that the teams of José Luis Ábalos and Pablo Iglesias have agreed to paralyze all evictions in Spain until May 9. Now, Iglesias accelerates so that the decree is approved next Tuesday, December 8, in the Council of Ministers.
Finally, the agreement does not include the prohibition of supply cuts. This was being negotiated by the Iglesias team with the fourth Vice Presidency, of Ecological Transition, and at the moment there is no agreement. Sources from the department of Teresa Ribera confirm to this newspaper that the social bonus has been extended to a new assumption “to protect vulnerable consumers affected by the pandemic.”
This model, criticized by United We Can, only suspends the possibility of cutting supplies in “certain cases” of the beneficiaries of the social bond. Although the minister spokesperson, María Jesús Montero said on Tuesday that “the Government is studying expanding this coverage.”, The truth is that it disappeared when it expired on September 30 and was not renewed by decree.
But since the end of September, the energy companies can proceed to cut off electricity, water, and gas due to defaults. According Rafa Mayoral, spokesperson for Podemos, “it does not make sense to ask people to wash their hands for health against Covid and then tell the water to those who cannot pay for it; you cannot ask people in the middle of winter stay home to stay healthy, but cut off the heat if they don’t pay it. “
Until the end of the alarm
As this newspaper reported on Wednesday morning, the Second Vice Presidency confirmed by mid-afternoon that it had reached an agreement with the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda “that end evictions without alternative housing for vulnerable families of our country while the state of alarm lasts. “That is, if there are no changes, until the May 9, 2021.
This represents a very substantial reduction in time with respect to what United Podemos was asking for. In the amendment to the Budgets that the purple group presented in conjunction with Bildu and Esquerra Republicana, the prohibition of all evictions without housing alternative was demanded until December 31, 2022. That amendment was withdrawn from the congressional registry on Tuesday “to give a playing field to negotiation,” according to purple sources, and the agreement has arrived 36 hours later.
As agreed, as explained by sources from the Iglesias department, vulnerable families cannot be evicted “as long as there is no possibility that they will be rehoused in decent housing.” The decree requires that they be the social services of the Autonomous Communities in charge of “offering this alternative housing, which will always be a decent home (for example, it cannot be a shelter) “.
If those of Iglesias had withdrawn the amendment, those of Ábalos agreed to include in the coverage of the decree that the coverage reaches all types of families in vulnerable situations. Until now, the coverage only reached those affected socioeconomically by Covid, now this conception is broadened, involving “the judicial authority”.
Thus, the launch cannot be carried out until these vulnerable people have their rehousing assured and guaranteed. The condition of vulnerability “will be granted by social services through a binding report”, which the courts “will have to request compulsorily in the event that those affected allege vulnerability.”
It is thus fulfilled with the resolutions of the ESCR Committee which oversees compliance with the United Nations International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights … The protocol was signed in 2008, entered into force in 2013 and Spain adopted it, committing not to carry out evictions if the affected person does not have access to alternative housing.
This is what Mayoral, deputy and spokesperson for Podemos, refers to when he alleges that “Spain must comply with what the UN says, we are skipping international agreements “… to try to stop an eviction.
Now, the pact between Social Rights and Transportation also includes “families in precarious housing with large landowners, that is, owners of more than a dozen homes,” say sources from the Ministry of Churches. In this case the CCAA will have “a maximum period of three months” to look for a new home for families in vulnerable situations.
And the government, just 24 hours for the drafted decree to arrive this Thursday at the table of the undersecretaries commission that prepares the Councils of Ministers. Even before the pact was closed, a draft of maximums for the decree was being drawn up in the offices of the Second Vice Presidency. At this time, the details are closed in order to that the decree be approved in six days and enter into force in one week.