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The Government agrees with Bildu to increase widow's pensions to equate them to the minimum contributory

MADRID, 16 Mar.

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The Government agrees with Bildu to increase widow's pensions to equate them to the minimum contributory

MADRID, 16 Mar. (EUROPA PRESS) -

EH Bildu has reached an agreement with the Ministry of Social Security to increase the minimum widow's pensions and make them equal to the contributory retirement pensions.

Specifically, the agreement consists of increasing widowhood pensions in 2024 from 40 euros per month for individual pensions, to 126 euros more per month for widowhood with a dependent spouse. The increase implies an increase of between 1,775 and 3,800 euros for four years.

In percentage terms, according to Bildu, it implies an increase of 17% for individual women and 30% for dependent spouses. This is a progressive increase over four years, applying a higher increase in the first year, that is, in 2024.

The group's spokesperson in Congress, Mertxe Aizpurúa, has celebrated this agreement, which she has described as a "very important" advance and a "substantial" and "structural" improvement. Widow's pensions are currently, along with non-contributory pensions, the lowest pensions.

The agreement between Bildu and the Government comes after the Minister of Inclusion, José Luis Escrivá, opened up to process the pension reform decree as a bill, so that the groups can introduce changes to the text.