Municipal inclusion income now a reality for over 3,700 people in the Besòs areaThe initiative, part of the B-Mincome project and jointly funded by the EU, will gauge whether the introduction of a universal guaranteed minimum income helps to cut poverty and add socio-economic vitality in certain parts of the city.
Specifically, 3,761 people in 950 families living in one of the ten neighbourhoods in the Besòs area have been receiving the income since December. They will continue to get it until December 2019, as specified in the B-Mincome project, co-funded by the EU via the Urban Innovative Action (UIA) programme.
A total of 1.56 million euros has been paid out since December, equating to an average payment of 568,22 euros per household. The amount is not the same in each case as it is determined by household incomes from work, loans and benefits from other administrations.
The B-Mincome project has also started to develop active inclusion policies associated to receiving the income, enabling the real effects to be studied of attaching conditions to the awarding of such benefits.
The B-Mincome project has a budget of 6.07 million euros, 80% of which is provided by the EU, 17% by Barcelona City Council and 3% by the six entities and study groups helping to develop it, including the Institut Català d’Avaluació i de Polítiques Públiques (Ivàlua); the Institut Internacional per l’Acció No- Violenta (Novact); the UAB’s Institut de Govern i Polítiques Públiques (IGOP) and the UPC’s Data Management Group.