Spain plans to give teenagers £340 when they turn 18 to spend on ‘cultural activities’ to help pandemic recovery (but bullfighting is excluded)
- The goal is to help the country’s culture sector recover from the Covid pandemic
- Teens would be able to spend the €400 on items such as the cinema and theatre
- Bullfighting – which has few fans in Left-wing coalition government – is excluded
The Spanish government is planning to offer citizens who turn 18 next year €400 (£340) to spend on cultural activities.
The goal is to help the country’s culture sector recover from the pandemic.
Teenagers would be able to spend their €400 on items such as cinema and theatre tickets, books and concerts.
Bullfighting, which has few supporters in the Left-wing coalition government, is excluded.
Bullfighting, which has few supporters in the Left-wing coalition government, is excluded (file photo)
The government (pictured, PM Pedro Sanchez) calculates half a million people will be eligible for the voucher, costing the state around £160million
The government calculates half a million people will be eligible for the voucher, costing the state around £160million.
France and Italy have taken similar steps to support their culture sectors.
The decision was one of the politically controversial measures in Spain’s 2022 national budget, which will be voted on next week.
Another was a proposal to give 18 to 34-year-olds earning less than €1,977 (£1,578) a month a €250 (£212) monthly bonus for rent payments.
The aim is to enable more young people to move out of their parents’ homes.
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