Commissioner: Plan against poverty has lessened effects of cuts


Santa Cruz de Tenerife, July 15 (EFE) .- The Commissioner of Social Inclusion and Fight against poverty, Néstor Hernández, said today that the anti-poverty plan has managed to lessen the effects of the central government’s cutting policies and, for the writing of a new plan, asked for a reflection so as not to improvise measures before a situation that he considered dramatic.

Hernández, who appeared in a parliamentary committee at the request of the Popular and Socialist groups, defended a strategy that combines a reflection based on a diagnosis of the situation with concrete measures of an immediate nature on the affected population.

The commissioner, in response to criticism from the Popular Party’s deputy, Josefa Luzardo, about the “disaster” in the management of social policies, indicated that since “minute one”, the Executive has put in place measures to increase the budget items in this scope such as the approval of an extraordinary loan for dependence and the PCI.

Regarding this last aid, Hernandez referred to the conclusions of the plan against poverty that has been in force until 2015, and although it highlights the budgetary increase in all the chapters, especially for the PCI, it considers that it has not been enough to attend to the most vulnerable population.

It also stresses that beyond palliative measures, a strategic plan must be drawn up due to the high rates of poverty and social exclusion in the Canary Islands, although in this regard it alluded to the different figures that exist in this regard.

The commissioner recommends that in the business development measures contained in the plan, which he explained was the least execution had to be established more than financial instruments subsidy programs to companies.

This business development measure had 405 beneficiaries in three years and 556 jobs were created.

In his recommendations, the Commissioner recommends maintaining the social employment plan and deepening collaboration with municipalities to adjust the offer of the plan to the demands of the municipalities.

In response to the emergency and with regard to subsidies to entities of the third sector and other administrations, it proposes the evaluation of each one of the programs that allow knowing the actual number of beneficiaries, the level of correction of inequities and, consequently, apply more objective criteria in the distribution of resources.

He also explained that a special home help plan is also recommended, the investment of one hundred percent of the budget for the disability or that in the care of children increases the coverage for free school meals.

He recalled that in this program of attention to children have executed almost 180 million budgeted and the number of beneficiaries has been 28,988.

He also stressed that in gender violence has run more than 18 million euros, 400,000 euros more than initially determined for this area.



The Popular Party deputy Josefa Luzardo complained that one year after her appointment, the Commissioner has not appeared in the Parliament of the Canary Islands and criticized that the previous poverty strategy whose validity ended in 2015 has not been evaluated.

Luzardo said that social policy is a “disaster”, indicated that there are 600,000 people at risk of social exclusion and questioned, among other aspects, that the 12,000 people who have approved the Canary Insertion Benefit are charging it and said that although they have been produced new additions to the dependency system, 300 deaths have also been counted.

The parliamentarian asked, on the school canteens, not to make a distinction between children with resources and without resources, but to program activities in the centers in summer and minors who need it to be scholarships.

Teresa Cruz Oval, from the Socialist group, said that the Canary Islands was the first autonomous community with a plan against poverty, a document that has served to formulate other plans against poverty and in favor of social inclusion.

The deputy indicated that the economic crisis has extended and chronicled poverty, which has become a structural problem of Canarian society and stressed that since 1998 poverty has the face of a woman, single parent and disability and noted that it has There has been a deficit in social policies and the problem has not been tackled.

He claimed an answer “with rigor” and valued that the fight against poverty and social exclusion is based on active employment policies or that guarantees for basic needs are guaranteed.

Melodie Mendoza, from the Mixto group, said that in the Canary Islands there are 215,000 people living in severe poverty, and that 37 percent of the population is at risk of social exclusion, which in their opinion, constitutes a drastic and worrisome situation.

Luis Campos, of the Canary Islands, stated that the plan was insufficient and with amounts that were not real, criticized the effort made by the municipalities and criticized that a diagnosis has not been made in more than a year.

María del Río, from the Podemos group, wondered why poverty is perpetuated in families from generation to generation, questioned the political will and the management that is made from the administration and criticized that emergency solutions are not being given and important problems of exclusion are not being resolved.

The deputy of the Nationalist group, Elena Luis, said that we must continue making efforts to increase social policy items and combine medium-term policies with urgent actions. EFE

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