The Housing Law encapsulates not only the relationship between the two government partners, PSOE and Unidas Podemos, but also with the formations that guarantee the parliamentary stability of the coalition. Given the refusal, at least until now, of the Ministry of Transport and Housing to impose the rent regulation, a condition signed with Podemos to approve the Budgets, the partners of Pedro SÃ¡nchez have promoted a manifesto that constitutes a kind of law parallel to that of the socialist sector.
The reluctant position of the PSOE has again provoked a movement to pressure the socialists by United Podemos, ERC, EH Bildu, JunsxCat, CUP, MÃ¡s PaÃs, CompromÃs, BNG and Nueva Canarias. These formations have met with associations and organizations such as the Tenant Union, the PAH, UGT, CCOO … to join forces in their purpose, they argue, that the socialists agree to comply with what was signed.
The two government partners pledged in October to bring this law, which was committed to regulating rent, to the Council of Ministers in three months and to Congress in four to begin its parliamentary process. Ending February, the calendar is already broken and the negotiation remains stalled, since the positions of PSOE and United We Can are distant.
In this context, up to nine groups have decided to take action, as they did months ago, and sign a manifesto with the social groups that “guarantees the right to decent and adequate housing.”
The document has eight “enforcement measures” that it reels and develops, almost in the image and likeness of what could be a bill that is registered in Congress. Furthermore, if the PSOE does not accept the rental regulation and maintains its commitment to “promote” and apply tax incentives, among SÃ¡nchez’s governance partners, it is not ruled out to promote a housing law that does impose this regulation and compete with the PSOE.
Specifically, the partners ask the PSOE for a law that guarantees the right to decent, affordable, accessible and adequate housing as a subjective right; stop the evictions of vulnerable people without a decent and adequate housing alternative; o ensure and expand the public stock of social rental, at least to 20% of the housing complex in twenty years.
Likewise, they demand state regulation of rents at prices appropriate to the wages of the population in each area of the territory; guarantee the basic supplies of water, electricity, gas and access to telecommunications to avoid the digital divide as part of a decent home; guarantee an effective second chance for households with mortgage debt; a budget increase for social housing and social housing policies until reaching the European average for public stock, allocating at least 2% of the state budget; and they demand the active participation of the population in all housing and urban planning policies.
In this sense, the parliamentary spokesman for United We Can, Pablo Echenique, has demanded to reach a pact regarding the Housing Law, not only to “comply with the agreement” between Government partners, but also to comply with the Constitution and with the needs of the Spanish.
Thus, Echenique has referred to two articles of the Constitution, 47 and 128, in which the right to decent housing is expressed and that the wealth of a country is subordinate to the general interest, to claim that the commitment to reach a pact exceeds the interest between parties Executive and reaches the Magna Carta.
In addition, it has been supported by various figures and data, such as that almost 40% of Spanish families dedicate more than 40% of their income to paying for housing and supplies, which in recent years have been produced more than a million emancipations in our country, or that less than 20% of young people under 30 years of age have achieved emancipation, proof of the “imperative social need” to reach an agreement on this matter.
“What has been agreed must be fulfilled,” the purple spokesman has repeated. “I trust that it will end like all the democratic debates that we have within the coalition government: with an agreement”, which, he admitted, “will not be to the liking of either party”, but “it will serve to improve something as important as the right to housing in our country “.
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