In 2016, 352.869 people received some of all the five Income Maintenance Benefits allocated to specific collectives in emergency situations (that is, collectives having no regular income or having ceased to receive any). This figure entails a 9.0% decrease with regard to the previous year.
Unemployment benefits are the main component within this group, both in their contributive version (125,256 benefits and 2,029M€) and non-contributive version (114,044 benefits and 685M€). The behaviour of these benefits determines the evolution of the global magnitudes of the group analysed. The number of unemployment benefits dropped by 9%, while the amount dropped by 13%.
Other benefits for emergency situations include Non contributory Social Security pensions (58,191 pensions), Minimum insertion income (28,849 pensions) and Active insertion income (25,731 benefits). Results have also been published for Passive Classes of the State pensions, for which 53,296 beneficiaries received a total of 1,204 million EUR in 2016.
Data on Contributory Social Security Pensions will be published in last quarter of 2016.
The group of periodical benefits for income maintenance, make up the central core of the Catalan social protection system, as they represent around 60% of the resources. These benefits guarantee the maintenance of a certain level of income for groups whose sources of income have, for whatever reason, been reduced or annulled.
Idescat produces annual data on changes in the most relevant financial benefits: contributory social security pensions, the state pension system for the passive classes, non-contributory pensions, unemployment benefits and insertion income. The data is produced on the basis of different sources: Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and Families; National Institute of Social Security; Ministry of Employment and Social Security and Ministry of Finances and Public Administrations.