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Social Security paid 87 million euro in benefits to more than 108,000 self-employed persons in December

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More than 108,000 self-employed workers will receive this month some of the specific benefits for the group launched to alleviate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, to which have been added the self-employed workers affected by the volcanic eruption in Cumbre Vieja, on the island of La Palma. All these benefits include exemptions in social contributions.

In addition, the 115,500 freelancers who until September 30 were receiving a benefit and have fully returned to activity have a 50% exemption from the quota in December. In January, the exemption will be 25% of the contributions.

The aid for the self-employed who continue to be affected by the pandemic and the new Social Security exemptions for those who reactivate their activity until January are included in Royal Decree-Law 18/2021. By virtue of the same text, and after the agreement with the self-employed associations, the aid scheme was extended until February 2022.

At the time of greatest impact on the health situation in the labour market, 1.46 million self-employed workers were protected. Since then, the total payroll paid for these benefits amounts to more than 7,8 billion euro, to which are added more than 3,7 billion in exemptions from quotas applied to self-employed workers.

Beneficiaries and approximate payroll

The benefit for the self-employed compatible with the activity, aimed at those self-employed workers who have seen their billing significantly decreased, reaches approximately 21,400 beneficiaries in December. On the other hand, around 85,600 employed persons will receive the low-income aid that was designed to protect those self-employed who do not meet the requirements to access the previous benefit.

The number of self-employed workers who receive the benefit for a temporary suspension of all activity due to a resolution of the competent authority continues to decrease. In the payroll that is paid tomorrow, about 150 self-employed will receive this benefit. The specific benefit for seasonal self-employed workers reaches about 60 people.

On this payroll, more than 900 self-employed workers affected by the volcanic eruption in Cumbre Vieja, on the island of La Palma, benefit from the benefits designed to alleviate their situation.

Beneficiaries by sectors

More than half of these aid have been concentrated in three sectors: commerce (28.58%), hospitality (14.38%) and transport and storage (11.08%), and in three communities: Andalusia (22.29 %), Catalonia (17.25%) and Madrid (13.26%).

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