The Minister of Social Welfare, Candelaria Delgado, hopes that the agreements with all the councils will be signed before the end of the year
SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, September 21 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Minister of Social Welfare, Equality, Youth, Children and Families of the Government of the Canary Islands, Candelaria Delgado, held a working meeting this Thursday with the Tenerife Cabildo in which she announced that the island will have 14,851,031.81 euros for the creation of some 132 new places to care for people in a situation of dependency and people with disabilities.
Delgado specified that “this is the initial proposal” but there will be more technical meetings “to adjust the number of places and analyze the specific needs of each island.”
According to the counselor, “the objective is that before the end of the year the agreements that regulate this distribution can be signed with each of the councils.”
The president of the Cabildo, Rosa Dávila, assured after the work meeting that the insular institution will “prioritize resuming the path of promoting social well-being, which, unfortunately, was abandoned in the last four years.”
Along these lines, he expressed his Government’s intention to “return to the Cabildo its role as an entity that, historically, has committed to caring for people, and especially the most vulnerable.”
The president welcomed the announcement that Tenerife will have more than 130 new social and healthcare places, “which come thanks to the commitment of the Government of the Canary Islands to Tenerife in making additional resources available to this island to enable services that are absolutely necessary for society.” .
For her part, the counselor of Social Action, Águeda Fumero, assured that the corporation’s objective is “to address without delay the improvement of management in caring for the most vulnerable people,” to which she added that “the inheritance received does not has been good, so the commitment of the Government of the Canary Islands and the Cabildo of Tenerife is essential to meet the needs of the citizens.
This investment is made according to the distribution of funds between the councils of the ‘Care Economy and reinforcement of equality and inclusion policies’ axis of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Fund of Spain, whose destination is the creation of new places and expansion of the provision of care resources of the network of social and health centers.
The distribution of the funds has been carried out according to different variables and weightings in such a way that 60% of the total funds are established according to the population of each territory in this item, so Tenerife has 9,288,000 euros according to the 931,646 people registered on the island.
The other 40% has been applied according to the number of dependent people, people over 80 years old, population between 65 and 79 years old, the population with a recognized disability greater than or equal to 33% from 0-64 years old and the ratio of available places in relation with the index promoted by the WHO for older people (5 per 100) and the ratio of available places, model coverage index of 5% of the total of potentially dependent people between 0 and 64 years.
Initially, the financing proposal has planned to contribute 50% of the total in the current year, 15% in the next year 2024, 25% in 2025 and the remaining 10% in 2026, according to a note from the Counseling.
72 MILLION EUROS TO BUILD MORE THAN 600 PLACES IN THE CANARY ISLANDS
As the counselor previously reported to Fecai, a total of 72,000,000 euros will be distributed that will be transferred to the seven councils through the signing of individual agreements in which the projects to which these funds will be allocated and their link with the planned objectives.
The agreements are part of the ‘Equipment for Person-Centered Care’ line of the agreement signed by the Ministry of Social Rights and Agenda 2030 and the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands.
According to the first calculations and initial forecasts conveyed by local corporations, this investment will finance more than 600 new social and healthcare places on all the islands.
The infrastructures that will be paid for with these items will respond to the needs expressed by the island administrations to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Equality, Youth, Children and Families.