The Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, has announced that the Council of Ministers will retroactively extended the 400 euros per month emergency payment for those long-term unemployed with no other income who are signed up for re-training schemes.
The Rajoy indicated that there would be improvements to the scheme but did not specify what changes could be made in helping to make it more effective.
“The main objective is to achieve the employment of these people,” he explained.
There are still two months remaining for those who are entitled to help under the old scheme to make their claim, so any changes can not be made until after then.
Government forecasts of the unemployed at this time have been exceeded, there are currently 500,000 beneficiaries, of which about 200,000 are currently paid the 400 euros.
The scheme, which was originally intended as a short-term emergency measure has been extended every six months since February 2011, and would have ended for new claims today, August 15, had the Government not announced the changes.