The non-professional caretaker of a dependent with the benefit recognized before April 1 has until June 30 to request the agreement and its effects extend from April 1.

The number of special agreements of caregivers and non-professional caregivers of people in situations of dependency now stands at 32,799. The vast majority, 25,495, are new agreements signed since the past April 1 the General State Administration took charge of paying the contributions, in compliance with the Royal Decree-Law 6/2019, of 1 March, on urgent measures to guarantee equal treatment and opportunities for women and men in employment and occupation.

Those non-professional caregivers of dependents who had collected their financial benefit before April 1 have until June 30 to sign the special agreement with the aim of recognizing the contributions from the same April 1. If they do not, the agreements will take effect from the date of their subscription.

For carers whose dependent has been recognized as of April 1, the agreement will take effect from the date of recognition, or the subscription thereof, if 90 days have elapsed from the date of the grant of the economic benefit.

The main advantage for people who care for dependents in a non-professional way – most of them women – to sign a special agreement with Social Security is that the years devoted to caring for the dependent person, often from their family environment, are integrated into their working life and contribute to generate entitlement to benefits such as retirement or permanent disability.

This measure fully recovered the special agreement already provided for in Royal Decree 615/2007, which regulates the Social Security of those who care for people in situations of dependency. It was Royal Decree 20/2012 that modified the nature of this agreement, so that from its full implementation became the caregivers themselves and those who are obliged to assume the cost of Social Security contributions. Of the nearly 180,000 people dedicated to non-professional care (179,829) who had signed a special agreement of these characteristics in July 2012, it dropped to 7,304 in March 2019.

How to subscribe

This special agreement is addressed to persons designated as non-professional carers in the Individual Care Program, prepared by the Social Services corresponding to the municipality of residence of the person requesting it. To subscribe it is necessary that the person carrying out the activity is not registered in the Social Security in any full-time regime or in unemployment.

In addition, who receives the care must have recognized the economic dependency benefit to give the person who takes care of their care to sign the special agreement.

The application must be presented in the offices of the General Treasury of the Social Security and in the electronic office using the service of "Registration in Special Agreement", provided that an electronic certificate is available. It is necessary to accompany the corresponding form with the resolution of the economic benefit of the dependency and the ID of both the non-professional caretaker and the dependent person.

If when signing the agreement, the contribution base is chosen equivalent to the minimum cap of the general regime, the payment of the fee will be assumed in full by the Administration. If those engaged in non-professional care opt for a higher contribution base, the State Administration assumes the quota corresponding to the minimum contribution base and the person who cares pays for the rest, that is, for the difference between the base that you have chosen and the minimum base.

In the event that the caregiver or caregiver becomes the holder of a retirement pension, permanent widow's disability or family favor or turns 65, she will have to cancel her agreement. The same is also extinguished when the assisted person dies, the financial benefit for family care is no longer received or the caregiver is no longer provided.

Number of agreements signed on June 14, by Autonomous Community and provinces

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