The monthly payroll of Social Security contributory pensions amounted to 9,852.78 million euros to May 1. A figure that, compared to the same month last year, represents an increase of 2.52%, however, compared to the previous month, a 0.27% decline, the first decline in the series.
For its part, according to data from the National Social Security Institute published this Tuesday, the number of registered pension registrations in April (31,232 pensions) this year decreased by 32.2% compared to the same month last year (46,051) and 13.9% if compared to the previous month (36,274).
So far this year, there has been a 33.8% reduction in the number of cases initiated compared to the same period last year. For example, in March and April 32,512 retirement files were initiated, compared to 49,798 a year earlier.
If the annual accumulated from January to the beginning of May 2020 is considered, 157,896 new pensions have been registered (which represents a decrease of 22.1% compared to the same period of the previous year), and 205,638 pensions have been withdrawn (17.5% more than the previous year).
As explained in a statement by the Ministry of Social Security, Inclusion and Migration, these statistics show, accentuating the trend of the previous month, a decrease in the number of pensions and pensioners. In part, this is due to the lower number of discharges in the System due to the closing of offices and the situation of confinement. But it is also necessary to take into account how the COVID-19 pandemic has influenced terms of mortality on the population as a whole and, to a greater extent, on the group of older people.
As a result of the decree of the state of alert, the Social Security offices stopped providing face-to-face attention. Citizens must submit requests for benefits and carry out the rest of the procedures with the body exclusively by telematic or telephone means. This has motivated a part of the citizens choose to delay the efforts with the organism. However, they highlight that Social Security has enabled on its website a form for those who do not have a digital certificate to carry out these procedures.
Regarding the 9,852.78 million euros to which the pension payroll amounted, more than two thirds were used to pay retirement pensions, whose amount amounted to 7,049.44 million euros. This amount grew 3.02% in the last twelve months. 1,698.64 million euros were allocated to widow’s pensions, 1.28% more than a year ago. The growth in the payroll of permanent disability benefits was 1.15%, reaching 940.17 million. In turn, 139.1 million (1.39%) was dedicated to orphan benefits, and 25.3 million euros to benefits in favor of family members, 3.62% more.
The whole of the System included a total of 9,754,137 contributory pensions (38,508 less than the previous month), 0.48% more than last year. 62.26%, specifically 6,073,499, were due to retirement; 2,343,975 corresponded to widowhood benefits; 953,905 to permanent disability; 339,814 to orphans and 42,944 were pensions in favor of relatives.
The average pension of the System, which includes the different classes (retirement, permanent disability, widowhood, orphanhood and in favor of relatives), reached 1,010.11 euros per month, which represented an interannual increase of 2.03%. The average retirement pension amounted to 1,160.6 euros, 2.02% more than last year. For its part, the average widow’s pension was 724.6 euros per month. Regarding new pension additions, their amount was higher than the System average and 9.8% higher than the amount of new pensions in 2019. In April, the last available date, the pensions corresponding to the new retirement registrations were 1,472.49 euros per month. Those of the General Regime reached 1,616.33 euros / month.
On the other hand, the number of Passive Classes pensions in force in April was 636,302, which has placed the payroll in that period at 1,151.15 million euros.