The Government rules out changes in the reduction of gasoline in the extension of the anti-crisis decree

  • Treasury bets on keep as is the 20 cent bonus per liter of fuel, without applying income criteria, so as not to harm the middle class

  • Socialists see employment data as a lifeline for continue in Moncloaand believe that they will not be evicted unless there is a crisis

The reduction of 20 cents per liter of fuel will remain universal throughout the summer. Until September 30. Government yes it will make minor adjustments in the extension, for three months, of the royal decree law in response to the war in Ukraine, but will not touch the gasoline bonus. In other words, all citizens will benefit from the aid, without applying income criteria.

The Executive already ruled out making progressive the fuel discount last March, when the anti-crisis package was approved, due to the difficulty of implementation, since to make this discrimination the service stations would have to have access to the client’s fiscal data. As of this first extension, which will run from July to September 2022, the discount will continue to be linear. 20 cents per liter of fuel will be deducted when refueling.

Sources from the Ministry of Finance confirmed to this newspaper that in this regard “there will be no changes“in the new royal decree law that the Council of Ministers will approve at the end of June. “It is not planned to be modified for now,” they indicated. María Jesús Montero herself pointed out that this was the decision of the Executive in an interview this Thursday on Antena 3 “It seems convenient that the middle classwhich is the one that proportionally pays the most taxes, also benefit of the drop in electricity and the fuel bonus,” she replied, when asked about the possibility of restricting the measure to certain groups, reports EFE.

United We Can advocate that gasoline aid “truly” reach those who need it most

And it is that the head of Consumption, Alberto Garzón, also leader of IU, had opted for the bonus to arrive “truly“to those who need it and not to the population as a whole. The minister closed that door to that demand from United We Can. And she also showed her desire that the ERC support this extension of the anti-crisis package and that even the PP join in. The measures , he promised, they will spread “as long as the situation lasts“.

The royal decree law that will extend the response plan to the war will be, formally, a new text, which will enter into force on July 1 —that is, there will be no legal vacuum— and that will maintain the bulk of the measures contained in the current one. But there will be some adjustments. As stated by the spokeswoman for the Executive, Isabel Rodríguez, this Thursday from Jerez de la Frontera, “they will reformulate” the aid of the anti-crisis decree to give the appropriate answers at all times.

Will he support the PP this time?

Moncloa sources indicated that the needs will be studied at all times, what is the situation of the most affected sectors and what is necessary will be added or removed. But the government therefore has margin, until the end of June, to make that analysis and make decisions. A different chapter will be the search for support. The March decree was saved by Bildu’s yes, since the ERC and the PP voted against it. “Let’s see if we have more luck and those who say they love Spain show it by loving the Spanish and approving measures that are good for the Spaniards,” Pedro Sánchez joked on Wednesday before his deputies and senators, before whom he confirmed the extension of the response plan to the war. The popular ones, said this Thursday his deputy secretary of Economy, Juan Bravo, they ask to the executive sit down to negotiate your proposals and they consider that there is not a single positive data, because they maintain that the discontinuous fixed make up the volume of unemployment.

In Ferraz they point out that the “only negative data” right now is inflation, but it is not an “exclusive” phenomenon in Spain and they expect it to subside in the second part of the year

In the Executive and in the socialist leadership they maintain optimism despite the worsening of the economy. In Ferraz highlighted this Thursday the “unemployment superdata” Known this June 2: less than three million unemployed, a figure that had not been reached since December 2008. Threshold, therefore, unattainable for 14 years. “The only negative data we have is inflation [8,7% en mayo], but it is not an exclusive issue in Spain. The uncertainty about the war remains, but we hope that inflation will drop in the second part of the year,” said a high-ranking party official at the PSOE’s federal headquarters.

In the dome they analyze that the rise of the PP in the polls will be diluted —”it is the ‘feijóo effect‘, but the effects always wear off, it also seemed like there was an ‘effect [Pablo] Married’ before the elections in Castilla y León and ended up on the street—, and that citizens will end up valuing social progress and economic improvement, despite the “noise“Environment fed by the right and also generated, they recognize, by the clashes with United We Can in the Government.

“People Know”

society is not stupid. It is not. We are having great employment data. There is also the labor reform, with one out of every two indefinite contracts. People know it. Another thing is that right now there is no drive in the left-wing electorate,” they indicate in Sánchez’s circle.

“They will only kick us out of the Government if the economy goes bad. Only in that case. Only if there is a horse economic crisis,” they assure the socialist leadership

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The conviction that it will be possible to revalidate the socialist victory in the general elections of 2023 is total at the heights of the party. Moreover, they believe in Ferraz that the president will obtain a better result than the 120 seats in 2019, “because the economy will improve and employment will continue like a cannon“. “The European funds and the results of the PERTE will be noticed, people will see that we have carried out measures and they will see firsthand that their situation has improved,” they indicate.

There are no doubts in the direction and the sentence is resounding: “They will only kick us out of the government if the economy goes bad. Just in that case. Only if there is a horse economic crisis”. That is to say, that the PP could only evict the Executive if a context like that of 2011 were repeated, when José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero was knocked down at the polls by the very strong economic depression that his Cabinet denied until it was inescapable.

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