You CAN Still Get A Baby Grant in Spain
At the beginning of this year the baby cheque or “cheque bebé” ceased to exist. The central government withdrew the 2,500€ payment payable to parents of babies who fulfilled a number of criteria in January in a desperate bid to reduce spending.
But, all may not be lost for parents of newborns in 2011!
In the town of Almáchar in Andalusia, parents continue to receive a financial incentive to local families on the birth of their baby. Introduced in 2007, the local government continues to pay the €1,500 gift in an attempt to boost the dwindling local population which sees around 10-15 babies born each year. The gift is paid in the form of vouchers that are to be used within local businesses to keep the money effectively “in house” and on top of this incentive, parents of newborns are also eligible for 2 vaccines for their baby that are not offered free by the regional government; meningitis and chicken pox.
If anyone knows of any other baby incentives offered in other parts of Spain then please share the info and let us know!
Even though the baby cheque or “cheque bebé” is stopping from January 1st 2011, there are still pregnant mums out there who are planning on having their baby in Spain and who may still be eligible for the baby cheque.
As per our earlier post on the Baby Cheque in Spain, this incentive amounted to a 2,500€ payment to mothers of babies born in Spain who had also been living in Spain as legal residents for the 2 years prior to giving birth.
Both working and non-working mothers could apply, as well as single fathers, depending on the circumstances, and the one main requirement was the residency in Spain.
Yesterday we had an enquiry in from a mother who is due to give birth in Spain who is empadronada, i.e. registered as a resident at her local town hall but who has not been working and has also hasn’t had her NIE for 2 years. She wanted to know if the empradonamiento sufficed or whether the fact that her husband is working in Spain would count for anything. Does empadronamiento count or do you have to have your green residents certificate?
Having looked into the Agencia Tributaria system website and on various forums, there doesn’t appear to be any clear cut rules and some mothers who haven’t had the residency for 2 years have managed to get the payment whereas others haven’t.
If anyone has any first-hand experience of the above situation feel free to get in touch with your story and email us on: firstname.lastname@example.org and join us on our My Baby Spain Facebook page.
The My Baby Spain team can report that in a desperate bid to reduce spending in Spain, the prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero announced yesterday that the baby cheque would be one of the areas cut.
For the past few years, new parents in Spain would receive a €2,500 cheque to give their new family a healthy start in life. It was originally introduced 3 years ago in an attempt to encourage more births in Spain but now appears to be more of a burden on the country’s resources and from 1st January 2011 will no longer be handed out.
With the 3rd largest deficit in Europe – ominously after Greece and Ireland, perhaps drastic measures to save the country from following in the Greek footsteps is no bad thing but it does mean that hundreds of thousands of mothers currently pregnant lose out.
Some may argue that if you cannot afford to have a baby then you shouldn’t have one but if you’re a new parent pregnant with your first child there will always be something that you perhaps haven’t factored into your costs and the baby cheque would provide a more than pleasant relief for a bit of leeway with your baby spending.
We shall be updating our website and page on Baby Healthcare Spain accordingly asap! Get in touch and let us know your thoughts.