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IURM-Greens qualifies the regional budgets for 2018 as regards social policy They affirm that the increase is insignificant in relation to the real needs of the Murcian population (05/12/2017)

"The regional budgets of 2018 in terms of social policy are not in line with the situation of growing poverty in the Region of Murcia."

This is clearly stated by IURM-Greens, who believe that the budgets of both the Family and Equal Opportunities Council and the IMAS, in their different groups and sections, are continuists with respect to previous years despite the slight increase generalized that they present and show that for the regional government the social policy continues being an expense and not an investment.

They affirm that the growing increase in the situation of poverty and exclusion of the population, as well as the social and economic worsening of the living conditions of Murcia and Murcia, placing us in poverty rates above the national average that reach 40% , are more than enough reason for this council had experienced a much greater increase, both by the long years of brutal cuts that has suffered during the crisis, and by the lack of social investments of recent times.

The criticism is based on "scrutinizing" the budgetary allocations of the different services and benefits.

In this way, the transfers for basic benefits to municipal social services of the city councils remain at the lowest level in recent years, after the largest cuts suffered.

Similarly, among the subsidies aimed at disadvantaged groups are those aimed at local corporations for the fight against energy poverty, an amount that amounts to one million euros for the whole region, which qualify from IU-Green as ridiculous taking into account the social landscape described above and many times denounced by NGOs, S and political formations like ours.

As for the elderly and people with disabilities, from the formation of the left state that the largest investments are in subsidizing third sector entities through agreements and / or concerts, obtaining in some cases more funding than the centers themselves of social services and demonstrating once again the lack of initiative of the regional government to implement public social services from the regional administration, opting again for the outsourcing of services as basic and necessary as residential centers, day centers, daytime stays, telecare , home help, etc.

Regarding dependency, the tendency of the government of Murcia to make rule of the exception is evident, betting on economic aid for the care of dependent family members over investment in services, contrary to what the law itself contemplates, allocating 59 million euros to this concept, while no budget line is foreseen for the creation of new social resources linked to dependent persons, neither public nor private.

With regard to aid, they again show the evidence of continuity in the political line and describe as shameful the amounts contemplated in especially important aid such as insertion programs that barely reach 400,000 euros in a context of worrying growth of social exclusion and poverty;

individualized assistance to elderly people, which are around half a million euros (despite the aging of the population, the feminization of poverty, having the lowest pensions in the country and therefore, the impoverishment of the elderly) or the basic insertion income itself, which, despite the increase it has experienced, continues to be insufficient to cover the basic needs of a large sector of the population that can not live in decent conditions.

Finally, regarding the policies of equality of the government of Lopez Miras, from IURM-Greens they emphasize that they are clearly insufficient, in fact, not only do they have no planned increase, but that even the budget for 2018 is somewhat lower with respect to the previous exercise and in any case, well below the almost five and a half million of 2010 and without contemplating the recovery of the missing Institute of Women of the Region of Murcia.

Neither the prevention of gender violence seems to be a priority for the regional government, since the increase of 246,000 euros compared to 2017, standing at a total of 2,444,433 in 2018 is far from the 10,733,195 in 2009 or of the 7,818,981 of 2012, showing once again where the biggest cuts have occurred.

Source: IU-verdes Lorca

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