THE Andalucian Government will assign €20.3 million to add up to the non-contributory pensions and supplements of 100,000 beneficiaries. The regional government’s Department of Health and Social Wellbeing leader Maria Jesus Montero said that the central government´s decision to freeze pensions in 2013 will result in pensioners losing an average of €170 next year. Also, they will lose a further €115 due to the planned co-payments schemes for medicines and non-urgent ambulance transport, as well as a rise in the IVA and electricity.
The €20.3 million that the Junta will assign for pensions next year will be €4 million less than this year, which Montero explains is due to a reduced number of beneficiaries as a result of death. The Andalucian Government is the only regional one to complement the lowest pensions, benefitting a total of 111,700.