More than a million self-employed people will receive extraordinary help from the Spanish government next week

The Spanish government will make one new payment of the extraordinary benefit for cessation of activity to the self-employed the next April 30. The Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration has established that those who received the first payment last Friday (more than 919,000) must receive the proportional part of the month of April (17 days) and those who had the recognition later or have it in the next few days will receive the equivalent of 47 days. As of April 21, 1,039,598 benefits had been resolved favorably and 38,605 had been denied, including 3,685 withdrawn, so that the acceptance rate exceeds 90%. There are still 76,722 pending resolution.

Until this Wednesday, the Social Security had received more than 1,154,000 applications, which means that the percentage of self-employed people who have applied for the benefit is 35.5% of contributors. With the aim of facilitating the processing of this benefit to the self-employed who were not yet affiliated to any mutual society, last Tuesday the Council of Ministers approved a royal decree-law that allows them to do so to apply for it.

The extraordinary benefit for cessation of activity for self-employed workers can be applied for by any self-employed worker who is affected by the closure of their business due to the declaration of the state of alarm or the turnover has fallen by 75 % with respect to the monthly average of the previous semester. In the case of some groups such as agriculture, the sea – with very seasonal activities – or culture and entertainment, the calculation period is adapted to the peculiarities of these sectors.

The amount of this benefit managed by the Social Security is the equivalent of 70% of the minimum contribution base in the Special Scheme for Self-Employed Workers or, where applicable, in the Special Scheme for the Sea, which means a minimum of 661 euros per month. In addition, self-employed people who receive it will be exempt from paying the monthly contributions. If, when the benefit is granted to them, they have already paid the contributions, the General Treasury of the Social Security will reimburse them ex officio.

No minimum contribution period is required to apply, you only need to be registered with Social Security and be up to date with the payment of social security contributions. In addition, it is compatible with any other Social Security benefit that the applicant was receiving, such as orphanhood or widowhood, and was compatible with the exercise of the activity carried out.

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