Escrivá raises its proposal for a maximum quota for the self-employed to 565 euros

The Ministry of Inclusion and Social Security has sent the preliminary reform text to the self-employed organizations, which it hopes will be approved by the Council of Ministers before the end of the year. There are movements in the price tables, raising the maximum quota slightly with respect to its last proposal and placing it at €565. And the lowest also descends slightly, to the 245 euros monthly, as confirmed by social dialogue sources. The new offer also slightly lowers the quotas for the intermediate sections, contains some bonuses for the lowest sections in terms of common contingencies and maintains a new flat rate of 70 euros for two years for those who plan to earn less than the minimum wage at the beginning of their activity as self-employed.

The document, to which EL PERIÓDICO has had access, includes news regarding the benefits and protection of the group. One of these is the possibility for the self-employed who have just had or adopted a child to discount the fee (stop paying it and have it assumed by the State) while they are on paternity or maternity leave. It also reformulates cessation of activity or ‘self-employment unemployment’ to create a format that is compatible with the activity and with the possibility of charging 50% of the regulatory base for a few months.

the minister Jose Luis Escriva intends to have the reform of the self-employed contribution system closed as soon as possible, since it has a commitment with Brussels that it will be before June 30th. This Monday, the Ministry’s negotiators delivered a 76-page text to ATA, upta Y uatae and they have summoned them again for this Friday, in order to complete the talks. In the 76-page document that he sent them last Saturday and they have commented on this Monday, the details of the fees are not in writing, since their final amounts will be the subject of negotiation throughout this week.

“It is now time to make decisions. If this system is born with the support of 100% of the parties involved, it would be ideal, but otherwise the Government has to make decisions,” said the president of Upta, Edward Abbot. And it is that the Government does not have the bosses and their related organizations within the agreement right now. “It is an unaffordable proposal. It is true that it lowers the contributions for 1.3 million self-employed, […] but [el resto] they need the Government to remove costs from them, not add them”, declared the president of ATA, lorenzo love.

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The quotas for the highest rents are the stumbling block that separates ATA and CEOE from the agreement and the conditions for the highest rents are not entirely to Upta and Uatae’s liking. For these, the latest proposal incorporates a bonus of the quotas for those self-employed who enter below the minimum interprofessional salary (SMI) for two consecutive years. But the wording of the cessation of activity of freelancers without employees in charge worries organizations related to unions as excluding. So far this benefit has only been received 66,502 peoplebetween 2013 -when it was launched- and 2020, of the 3.3 million that make up the group, according to public data from Social Security.

The negotiation during the last months has forced the Government to modulate its proposal. The latest document outlines a three-year ‘light’ reform, when initially the Executive sought to secure a consensus of greater changes and progressive entry until 2031. Now that scheme is transferred to a three-year reform that includes a written commitment to a second phase from 2026 of which there is no more ink written.

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