Ibán González and Miriam Meseguer have 10 children and they live together in a flat Badalona. He has been working on the Barcelona Metro as an automatic line technician for more than a decade and she has decided to focus on caring for her children since they got married. The only direct help they received was a dining room scholarship that has now been denied, as explained in a letter sent to the Entre Todos section of EL PERIÓDICO. He couldn’t have gotten off to a worse start to the school year.
The dining room menu for the six children who applied for the scholarship costs about 39 euros per day, so the monthly bill is close to 800 euros. If before they were juggling to reach the end of the month with a single salary, this unexpected outlay supposes an almost insurmountable pothole for them. For now, all her children, between 1 and 15 years old, now eat at home.
Beyond the economic issue, which matters a lot, the lack of canteen scholarships for the little ones who go to Science School It has other implications. The youngest, Simon, 13 months old, suffers ‘infantile cerebral palsy’ (ICP) -still without a certificate of disability due to his young age- and requires exclusive attention by their parents, which makes it difficult to raise the rest of the children. “Having everyone eating at home every noon complicates things a lot,” stresses Miriam, who has to take the youngest of the family to the physiotherapist several days a week.
“We think it could be because last year we had a sale of an inheritance and when making the declaration we entered the income incorrectly and everything entered is counted as a benefit, “explains González, who clarifies that they no longer have that money because they used the sale of her mother’s house to pay off part of the mortgage of his only home, an 80-square-meter flat located in the Montigalà neighbourhood.
The statement was rectified and are awaiting acceptance by the Treasury. The school, for its part, has reprocessed this aid. the director of the center, David Munoz, knows the situation well large family considered “special category & rdquor; for having five or more children. “We are mere intermediaries & rdquor ;, points out the director, who takes the opportunity to denounce the cuts in education and especially its consequences. “As much as they say from Educació, there is a lack of teachers and in schools like ours we can no longer offer the hour of personal support. We have 15 teachers, two fewer than last year, for 200 students, some with severe special needs”Munoz asserts.
“It is very easy to lose a grant due to a simple human error and it costs a lot of time and effort to recover it”
“Every child is a gift”
This episode, although it seems to be solved soon, has generated in this family a strong feeling of helplessness and disappointment regarding administrations. “It is a shame that a family like ours with 10 minors, one of them with a disability, is denied aid and is not granted the dining room scholarship, so vital and necessary for a family of our type & rdquor ;, González denounces in his letter, declaring himself a practicing Christian. “From Opus? No, we are from neocatechumenal way and for us each child is a gift & rdquor;adds his wife, disconcerted by the scales used when assigning aid and, above all, the slowness of the system. “It is very easy to lose a grant due to a simple human error and it costs a lot of time and effort to recover it”, the Mint.
The Barcelona Metropolitan Area, The body that now manages these scholarships after the dissolution of the Consell Comarcal del Barcelonès, is currently open for a period of allegations. Sources in the metropolitan entity consulted by this newspaper assure that will resolve this and other cases as soon as possible, as soon as they can analyze all the complementary documentation or rectifications provided by the applicants.