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Factsheet for measure ES-2022-36/2798 – measures in Spain

Supplementary education grant for beneficiaries of scholarships

Beca de educación complementaria para los beneficiarios de becas y ayudas (Real Decreto-ley 14/2022)

Country Spain , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 September 2022 – 31 December 2022
Context War in Ukraine
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Access to childcare and education
Author Oscar Molina (UAB) and Eurofound
Measure added 05 September 2022 (updated 21 September 2022)

Background information

The uncertainty linked to the duration of the war in Ukraine is damaging the international political and economic context, and the exceptional social and economic circumstances that have been dragging on since 2020, derived from numerous factors: the health crisis, the extraordinary and unexpected rise in the prices of certain raw materials and intermediate goods, the high volatility of electricity prices, and the difficulties in the supply of certain essential products and materials. All this is also affecting the Spanish economy as a whole. The economic scenario in which Spain currently finds itself and the persistence of uncertainties at international level continue to require the urgent adoption of exceptional measures in order to ensure sustainability in different economic and social areas.

Content of measure

Royal Decree-Law 14/2022 includes the distribution of a supplementary grant of €100 per month for all beneficiaries of scholarships and grants in the 2022-23 general call for applications. With the approval of the measure, beneficiaries will start receiving this monthly supplement in September and will do so until December (€400 in total). The Government will allocate €400 million to finance this aid. Beneficiaries will receive the supplementary amount in four monthly payments.

The aim is to ensure the least possible impact on guaranteeing equal opportunities and to prevent any young person from having to abandon their studies for financial reasons. The grants will thus be aimed at young students of Bachillerato, Vocational Training and university students who obtain a grant or aid within the general call for grants for the 2022-23 academic year, as well as the beneficiaries of the call for grants for students with specific educational support needs for 2022-23.

In order to receive the supplementary amounts referred to in this title of the Royal Decree-Law, it shall not be necessary for the beneficiaries of the grants, aid and subsidies, who are entitled to them, to carry out any additional procedure to get this extra amount. They only have to carry out the ordinary procedure to get the corresponding grant, and the supplementary amount will be approved automatically.

Use of measure

The amount of the aid has been calculated with the forecast of reaching one million beneficiaries next academic year. In fact, this call for applications has broken the record, with more than 1.36 million applications, 136,000 more than the previous one.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Students

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Informed Informed
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Social partners jointly
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level

Involvement

Trade unions and employers' representatives have not been involved in the adoption of Royal Decree-Law 14/2022. This is a regulation approved by the Spanish government. Trade unions want to reactivate the social dialogue, and want to participate in the design of measures for economic sustainability and support for the most vulnerable social groups.

Views and reactions

Not available.

Sources

Citation

Eurofound (2022), Supplementary education grant for beneficiaries of scholarships, measure ES-2022-36/2798 (measures in Spain), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/ES-2022-36_2798.html

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