The general secretary, Fernando Clavijo, censures that Torres does not emulate Sánchez and does not lower taxes to combat inflation
SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Dec. 27 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Canary Islands Coalition (CC) described this Tuesday as “insufficient” the third package of measures from the central government to deal with the price crisis because, they warn, it once again leaves the Canary Islands out.
The national secretary general of the Canary Islands Coalition, Fernando Clavijo, maintained that “Sánchez gives the citizens of the Peninsula a reduction in VAT that the Government of the Canary Islands refuses to apply to the canaries”, despite the fact that the nationalists have already proposed it since price rise began.
Along these lines, he reproached that the new measures distance the Canary Islands “even more from Spain” and added that “those that are maintained leave the Canary Islands the same and those that are suppressed, such as the 20 cents per liter of fuel, also decline in the archipelago and the new ones will not reach the Canary Islands”.
According to Clavijo, “the islands are worse off than before today’s announcement.”
The nationalists understand that the announcement is centered on a suppression of VAT on essential foods, including bread, flour and a drop in Value Added Tax for others such as oil and pasta, which would not reach the islands, where the IGIC is applied.
In this context, the also candidate for the presidency of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo, censured that the Government of Ángel Víctor Torres “has refused to apply the recipes that Pedro Sánchez will apply in the Peninsula, such as lowering taxes, just for carrying the opposite of CC, which was the first force to propose to the Canary Islands government a tax cut on the islands to fight inflation and alleviate the tax burden on families”.
Likewise, it censures the “zero sensitivity” of the Government with the islands when it is one of the hardest hit by the price increases registered in recent months.
Regarding the rest of the measures, such as the one linked to public transport, the gas-intensive industry, specific aid to sectors such as ceramics and other subsectors or the tax cuts on butane or electricity, “they do not affect the Canary Islands or leave us as we were,” he said.
Regarding the check for the most vulnerable families, although the nationalists were in favor, they pointed out that “rationing the measures” as the PSOE-Unidas Podemos government does, what it is doing “is putting patches on the problems of families but not solve their problems.
They also denounce that “aid cannot be linked to the pre-election calendar but to the real situation of citizens, families and the economic fabric, mainly SMEs and the self-employed”.
NO SPECIFIC MEASURES FOR THE CANARY ISLANDS
Although they recognize that it is necessary to undertake measures to alleviate the effects of inflation that has come to exceed 10%, “what cannot be done is to approve them dropper, pushing citizens to the limit”, much less leaving behind territories that, they assert, “require specific measures to address their reality, as is the case of the Canary Islands” which has not only been left out of the package of measures announced by Sánchez but also does not have a specific package from the Government of the Canary Islands to that Canarian families and the economic fabric face the rise in prices.
The nationalists also recall that since the price increase began, they proposed a package of measures in the Canary Islands, among which was a generalized tax cut from 7 to 5% and a decrease of 0.5% in the regional section of personal income tax in order to compensate rising prices and inflation.
Measures, they indicate viable for the Government of the Canary Islands, which, they recalled, “had collected more until October 31 of this year than in all of 2019.”
The nationalists also indicate that “in addition to the lack of an action plan that responds to the situation of vulnerability that many families and the economic fabric of the islands are going through, this new setback by the State is added, once again attacking a plan to combat the inflation that neither takes into account nor affects the Canary Islands”.
In the same way, they rejected the suppression of the bonus of 20 cents per liter of fuel as of January 1, 2023, which will be limited for carriers.
In this sense, they insisted on demanding that the Government of the Canary Islands assume direct aid in order to alleviate the high fuel prices on the islands.