The former deputy of the Canary Islands PSOE Juan Bernando Fuentes Curbelo, forced to resign after learning that he was being investigated for the corruption plot of the Mediator case in which he is known as Tito Berni, has asked the Congressional Committee to pay them the compensation that corresponds to them when they leave the Lower House.

The regulation of social benefits of the Congress establishes that any deputy who leaves the seat has the right to receive compensation for termination, incompatible with other public or private income.

The amount of this compensation is the equivalent of a monthly constitutional allowance (3,126.89 euros) for each year of parliamentary mandate, provided they have been in the Chamber for at least two years, a requirement met by Fuentes Curbelo.

It is a compensation in the style of the unemployment benefit that workers receive and that the deputies do not correspond to as they are not part of the Social Security system.

Fuentes Curbelo has already registered the petition that must now be evaluated by the Board of the Chamber. In the case of Tito Berni, with just three years of parliamentary activity this legislature, they should pay him just under 10,000 euros.

This severance pay is not paid at once, but is divided and paid monthly by Congress for the amount of the basic allowance for deputies (3,126.89 euros), three monthly installments for Fuentes Curbelo.

This benefit is “incompatible with the perception of any remuneration, salary, salary, pension, allowance, compensation or perception of any nature, whether public or private”, so that at any time the Chamber can stop the payment if it detects that the former deputy has other income.

The same request that Tito Berni has made has been completed by former PP deputy Alberto Casero, who left the seat after being prosecuted by the Supreme Court for prevarication and embezzlement during his time as mayor of Trujillo (Cáceres). The amount of compensation in his case would be just over 12,500 euros, since he was a deputy for six months in the previous legislature and more than three years in the current one

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