The total budget of the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands for 2024 will exceed 11,000 million euros, according to the lines advanced by the regional Government this Saturday by the social and economic agents of the islands. According to the president of the region, Fernando Clavijo (Canarian Coalition), they will be “social” accounts.
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After meeting with the presidents of employers’ associations and the general secretaries of the CCOO and UGT of the Canary Islands, as well as the mayors of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Clavijo said the budgets will include social things. , basically in Health, Education and Social Services to the actual budget implemented.
Clavijo assured that the Canary Islands Government (CC-PP-ASG-AHI) will conduct “discipline and budgetary rigor” to choose what public services and ministries will actually implement and spend and draw them. It is worth noting that this Government is the one with the largest structure in the history of the Islands, because the number of ministries, general directorates and senior officials have been increased and new organizations have been created, which , according to the calculations of the opposition, has a cost of more than 45 million euros per year.
Clavijo added that they are also budgets that make tax reductions, in the Personal Income Tax with the Tax on Donations, which only affects 0.3% of the island’s population, and also in the IGIC, although he knows that in The second case will not be done in the announced line of a general reduction. In fact, the alleged reduction of IGIC was one of the election promises made by CC and PP during the election campaign and which, once in power, was not fulfilled. Precisely this Friday, when the first 100 days of this legislature were completed (a deadline requested by Clavijo himself at his inauguration to “show” his management), the opposition shamed the Government with the “lie” of lowering the IGIC, which means , in the opinion of PSOE and NC is an “electoral fraud”.
Fernando Clavijo argued that the economic scenario and the need to guarantee basic and essential public services make them “wise.”
As he did this Thursday, Clavijo explained that the accounts of the Canary Islands will depend on what the Government of Spain does. In particular, he asked not to forget that the Government of Spain does not exist, because the current one is in office, so there is also no draft state budget, while he emphasized that the accounts of the Canary Islands also have an impact on management. to correct the unequal distribution of income that exists in the islands.
Thus, he emphasized that social assistance does not help people who are useless and socially isolated, but in work, with productivity, with higher wages, with more stable jobs.
Fernando Clavijo stated that fiscal policies, in an autonomous community where almost 50% of GDP is represented by Public Administrations, “absolutely” necessary to commit to correcting low wages, job insecurity and the unequal distribution of income. .
After the meeting of the Advisory Council, the first to speak was the Minister of the Treasury, Matilde Asián, who explained that the fiscal rules that will be implemented in January 2024 are respected in the preparation of the budget.
He stated that in the budgets of the last four years the fiscal rules were not implemented because of the so-called escape clauses or precautions in case of exceptional circumstances.
Matilde Asián commented that this fact was taken into account and added that, despite the uncertainty that currently exists in the Spanish Government, since it is in office, “they did not inform us of the dimensions necessary for the autonomous community to be- configure the budget.”
It refers to the growth rate of the Gross Domestic Product that must be taken into account for the limitation of non-financial expenditure, and emphasizes that they do not know the deliveries for 2024 and the settlement for 2022.
This, in the words of the adviser, is a significant uncertainty in the budgets given that it contains about 80% of that information, and they calculate it but adjustments must be made.
The general secretary of the UGT of the Canary Islands, Manuel Navarro, stated that these are prudent budgets, based on a socioeconomic reality with difficulties, so he appreciates that the weaknesses and needs of the people have been addressed, and that the reduction of the IGIC is not from 7 to 5%.
Manuel Navarro requested that investment be focused on health, education and social service infrastructure.
The president of the CEOE of Tenerife, Pedro Alfonso, thanked that “we have returned to the path of transparency” and had meetings with the data, and questioned that there was no general IGIC bonus of 7 to 5%, although he commented that there commitment to include it when the State budget is liquidated.
Pedro Alfonso explained the need to improve the productivity of the public sector, and gave a vote of confidence in the budget.
The general secretary of the CCOO of the Canary Islands, Inocencio González, appreciates that a budget will be prepared for 2024, and that it will be done even without the cost of the State to clarify the concepts of budget stability.
Inocencio González pointed out that the budget for 2024 will increase by almost 3% compared to this year, and expressed satisfaction that there is no general reduction in the IGIC.
The president of the Canarian Confederation of Entrepreneurs (CCE), Pedro Ortega, praised the Canary Islands Government for keeping its word in presenting a budget, and acknowledged that it has a bitter taste in some aspects, but acknowledged that it is done carefully.
The Vice President and Minister of the Economy, Manuel Domínguez, pointed out that the preliminary draft was prepared with his eyes “blindfolded” due to the lack of information, and emphasized that the Canary Islands Executive took a step forward to communicate fight against uncertainty. .
Before meeting the Advisory Council, Fernando Clavijo held a meeting with the mayors of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Carolina Darias, through videoconference, and Santa Cruz de Tenerife, José Manuel Bermúdez, who explained that the financial allocation for both capitals an increase of 9.23%.
This means that the City Council of Santa Cruz de Tenerife will receive almost 3,720,000 euros in 2024, and Bermúdez commented that he requested that the four largest municipalities of the islands that make up more than 40% of the population have a different consideration from in the others.
José Manuel Bermúdez understands that the two Canary capitals and the towns of Telde (Gran Canaria) and La Laguna (Tenerife) present different problems from others in social issues, housing, work, poverty , and which therefore require different treatments.