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Budgets Leave Out ‘Baby Check’ And Six Months Of Paternity Leave That Podemos Requested

Neither the paternity leave of four to six months nor the ‘baby check’ of 1,200 euros a year will have a gap in the General State Budgets (PGE) that PSOE and United We can agreed yesterday.

Speaking to RNE , the Minister of Social Rights, Ione Belarra, acknowledged this Wednesday that the extension of paternity leave proposed by purple training has been left out of the budget agreement . Neither will the baby check enter.

“In a budget negotiation, everyone gives in a bit and this is one of the issues in which it is difficult for us to convince the PSOE,” Belarra explained.

Later it will be addressed again
The minister has indicated that the extension of paternity leave is a demand that has been growing over the years and has trusted that later there will be a greater consensus that allows this proposal to be carried out.

According to the minister, if the pandemic has taught us something “it is that reconciliation does not exist , it is grandparents and schools,” so she considers it essential to advance in better reconciliation mechanisms, such as the extension of nursery schools, the six months paternity leave or a parenting benefit “to make things easier” for families with children between the ages of 0 and 3.

“I believe that they are measures that with the passage of time are going to be opening the way, although this time we have not achieved them,” he said.

Neither does the purple rate
The VAT reduction on feminine hygiene products has also been left out of the budget agreement with the PSOE, as confirmed by the Minister of Equality, Irene Montero. His intention was to promote in the 2022 accounts a reduction in VAT on feminine hygiene products (pads, tampons, menstrual cups), diapers and other hygiene products for the elderly, minors and dependents.

Its objective was to standardize to a minimum some goods considered of first necessity and linked to the gender gap, since care falls mainly on the shoulders of women and this has an economic impact on their lives.