SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Dec. 20 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The President of the Government of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, has highlighted on Tuesday the aid promoted by the Executive to face inflation and the consequences of the war and has wondered if the opposition “sores, bothers and scratches” that job creation and recovery on the islands have improved.
In response to separate questions from CC-PNC and Cs in the control session, he highlighted that measures have been approved in 2022 for the affected sectors, there is zero IGIC for many products in the shopping cart and a package of tax relief in the 2023 budget approved this Tuesday.
Torres has shown his surprise that the nationalists reject the regional accounts when they have more than 30 million more than the tax reform approved by the Government of the Canary Islands in 2018, while specifying that inflation is not exclusive to the archipelago.
Regarding poverty, he said that 65,000 people have left the Canary Islands since 2019, with two points less than the 2021 rate, although it is necessary to continue working in a “preferential” way, which will help the increase of 180% of the budget destined to the third sector since 2019, double the funds in Social Rights or citizen income, which will reach 40,000 families.
Torres has recognized the “invaluable” work of Cáritas to care for people in social vulnerability and has not hidden that employment is “key” to help reduce poverty.
Pablo Rodríguez, president of the Nationalist Group, has commented that next year’s budgets are “insufficient” to face the rise in prices because there are many Canaries “who are having a difficult time.”
He has blamed the Executive for repeating “like the macaw that things are going well, better than ever” since “that clashes with reality” of a shopping basket that has the highest rise in 21 years and with salaries that grow by 5 times less than the rise in food and inflation that reduces the annual salary by 1,600 euros.
“They are still installed in the metaverse, everything is fine there, but every time it costs much more to make ends meet,” he pointed out.
Ricardo Fernández (Cs) has requested an “extra effort” from the Government and “seamless support” to third sector organizations that are “overwhelmed and without resources” to meet a growing demand, in the case of Cáritas, who also It affects the energy crisis because it takes away resources, which are also frozen.
However, he has asked the president to promote measures to generate activity and employment since “it is the best help for people in exclusion.”