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Survey: 8 out of 10 Argentines believe that there is a high level of irregularities in relation to social plans

Survey: 8 out of 10 Argentines believe that there is a high level of irregularities in relation to social plans
Survey: 8 out of 10 Argentines believe that there is a high level of irregularities in relation to social plans

The anomalies detected at the end of last year in more than 250,000 beneficiaries of the Potenciar Trabajo program reopened the debate at the social level on the role of social assistance. This was reflected in a survey carried out by the consultant Julio Aurelio-Arescowhich warns that 8 out of 10 Argentines believe that there is a high level of irregularities in the allocation of social plans.

The study, conducted from January 3 to 5 on a sample of 4,000 cases At the country level, he inquired into public opinion regarding the tense discussion —which still persists— between the Minister of Social Development, Victoria Toulouse Peaceand the leader of the Movement of Excluded Workers (MTE), John Grabois.

Last November, after the scandal that began in the framework of the irregularities revealed by a report from the AFIPTolosa Paz announced that it was going to move forward with a “redesign of public policies” and was in favor of lifting the tax secrecy of the beneficiaries of social plans, while Grabois strongly questioned the measure. “Why don’t civil servants’ salaries go down? If Victoria’s salary and all of her secretaries are lowered, we end up with a lot of homeless people. Adjusting from the bottom up is very easy”, replied the leader.

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Based on this debate, the survey of Aurelio Aresco consulted for the position of those surveyed regarding these two positions: 52% affirmed be in favor of the minister38.8% voted “not knowing” which side to take and only one 9.4% coincided with the reference from UTEP.

Later, the survey sought to measure levels of trust regarding state assistance programs and asked: To what extent do you think there are irregularities in relation to social plans?. Most of the participants (57.8%) He replied that there are “to a great extent” and that there are “many of them.” 19.3% considered that “there are enough”, and only 2.2% thought that There is not.

Likewise, when asked about whether or not to reduce the plans, the 56.1% he claimed agree to reduce them “to lower public spending.”

A consultant conducted a survey on social plans.
A consultant conducted a survey on social plans.

On the other hand, 11.4% said does not knowr, while the 32.5% voted that government assistance programs “They cannot be reduced because there are people who need them despite generating expenses for the State.”

Thus, the results were segmented according to the socioeconomic level of the participants.
Thus, the results were segmented according to the socioeconomic level of the participants.

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After the controversy that began at the end of 2022, the Government launched a nationwide campaign to check the identity of those who receive assistance from the program, a necessary condition to continue collecting state aid.

The opinion of those surveyed regarding the counterpoint between Tolosa Paz and Grabois.
The opinion of those surveyed regarding the counterpoint between Tolosa Paz and Grabois.

According to information from the Ministry of Social Development, at the beginning of this 2023 more than a million people have already completed the process corresponding, carried out “with the objective of reaching the largest possible number of holders” of the plan. The deadline to update the information is January 15.

The identity validation process is “unavoidable condition” to continue forming part of Potenciar Trabajo, whose salary is around a monthly payment of approximately $30,000 and which is equivalent to 50% of the minimum wage.

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