The Government recovers the compensation for being a prisoner during the Franco regime

The Government proposes to recover the compensation to prisoners during the Franco regime and orphan pensions for relatives of victims of the Civil War. This is stated in the economic impact report of the Draft Democratic Memory Law that it has already begun its parliamentary procedure and that the Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños, wants it to be approved by consensus. The norm, in case of being approved in the General Courts, repeals two additional provisions of the 2013 General Budgets in which the then Government of Mariano Rajoy frozen these “reparation” measures, according to the terminology of the Socialist Executive.

The Government speaks of “the need to resolve some deficits revealed in the achievement of the objectives of Law 52/2007, of December 26, after thirteen years of validity, aggravated by the abandonment and lack of budget support suffered since year 2012”. Indeed, the 2013 Budget Law, which was signed by the former Minister of Finance, Cristóbal Montoro, contemplated ending the “compensation for prison time and in favor of social express“and the” orphan pensions of Passive Classes. “It was a year of cuts and the scissors affected these two groups that were recognized in the first law of Historical Memory of the Government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.

Now, and with an eye on the next budgets that will be expansive, the Bolaños Ministry proposes a movement of “reparative and eminently symbolic nature for the affected groups.” In this way, the Government proposes restoring the amount of orphan’s pensions for the relatives of the professionals of the Armed Forces and Public Order. In that case, the benefit in favor of non-disabled seniors would be 100% of the regulatory base that would correspond to the deceased, taking into account the graduation and years of service that he had credited at the time of his death. If the deceased was not a professional of the Armed Forces and Public Order, its amount in 2020 is set at 159.70 euros per month.

In the case of compensation for prison timeIf three or more years have elapsed, the State will pay 6,010.12 euros. In addition, for every three additional full years, 1,202.02 euros will be paid. And finally, there will be 9,616.18 euros per deceased spouse in prison. The amounts are the same as those contemplated in the Democratic Memory Law of 13 years ago.

The future Law also contemplates compensation for the so-called social prisoners, that is, a person who has suffered deprivation of liberty for being homosexual. The repealing provision ends with the freezing of these compensation, which varies from 4,000 euros for prisoners from one month to six months to 12,010.12 euros for those who were in a penitentiary for three years or more.


The Government admits, yes, in the same report of economic impact that the consequences of these compensations in the Budgets could be “practically priceless“And he reasons it by stating that in” the data of the last compensation granted in the last two years in which they were operational (years 2012 and 2013): of the 7 applications presented in 2012, only 1 was granted, and in 2013, a single request was submitted that was ultimately not granted. “

The Government also admits that the remaining future budgetary costs that may arise from these compensations “will be adapted to the principles of effectiveness and efficiency and will be fully justified according to ethical and democratic reasons as well as the due recognition and reparation deserved by all the victims of the War and the Dictatorship“.

According to an internal government report, the State has paid up to 2020 a total of 21,349 million euros to 547,670 beneficiaries in concept of reparations for the Civil War and the Franco regime. Pensions for soldiers, combatants, maimed, as well as their relatives in case of death and those killed and disappeared. On the other hand, it has been disbursed 397 million to 60,683 people in compensation for having been in prison during that time. The Executive, according to Bolaños’ plans, proposes to approve the Memory Law before the end of the year.

Source: LA INFORMACIÓN – Lo último by

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