They were slow to arrive, but finally the government gave the green light. Now, months later, it has been shown that its design had excessive obstacles. Therefore, under pressure from businessmen, the self-employed and communities, the Executive has extended the term of coverage of 7,000 million in direct aid.
«The period of coverage of the aid is extended in four months, from May 31 to September 30. Thus, these aids of a finalist nature may be used to pay debts and fixed costs assumed by companies from March 2020 to September 30, 2021 “, the Ministry of Economy has pointed out, to add below:” The decree clarifies that, within the purposes for which the aid can be used, the concept of fixed costs incurred includes accounting losses generated during the coverage period. Thus, the self-employed and companies may allocate the aid to satisfy debts and make payments to suppliers and other creditors, financial and non-financial, as well as to offset the fixed costs incurred, including accounting losses, provided that they have been generated within the established period. and come from contracts prior to March 13, 2021 (date of entry into force of Royal Decree-Law 5/2021).
This comes after the continuous complaints from different business groups and the autonomous communities. The productive fabric was not resorting to direct aid due to the harsh and cumbersome requirements, in short, the bureaucracy. «Only some 300,000 self-employed, around 10%, of the more than 3.3 million self-employed workers RETA affiliates had claimed this money at the end of August and that it should serve as an oxygen balloon after almost two years of economic crisis and restrictions, according to ATA calculations. The main obstacle is that, as with the Minimum Vital Income (IMV), the requirements of Royal Decree 5/2021 of March 12 for extraordinary measures to support business solvency are very difficult to comply with by a large majority of business.
Lorenzo Amor, president of they (the main association of freelancers), recognizes that this is “a step forward” for the productive fabric. However, this decision is not the solution to all the ills of companies and freelancers. «It extends the term of pending invoices until September 30, but we had sued until December 31. With this period, tens of thousands of freelancers are still left out without being able to access since they will not be able to present expenses to collect the aid even if they have lost 80% or 90% of income “, he explained.
In this sense, the also vice president of the CEOE It gives several examples of groups that will continue to be affected by the limitation, even though it has been expanded. «A clear example: tourist guides, photographers, physiotherapists, translators, interpreters, journalists… what expenses does a tourist guide justify to charge € 3,000 even losing 90% of turnover with monuments, closed museums and without international tourism? Politicians have no idea how heterogeneous our activities are as freelancers and entrepreneurs. It’s a shame and a failure.