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IU-Verdes proposes an alternative to avoid the closure of the point of attention to children in La Paca (26/08/2019)

Gloria Martín asks that the Espartaria federation be responsible for the provision of this essential service by registering in the registry of service providers, the transfer of the premises by the City Council, and the granting of a direct subsidy as occurs with other associations that deal with the attention to social groups

The councilor of Izquierda Unida-Verdes Lorca, Gloria Martín, has warned of the possible closure of the Point of Attention to Children located in La Paca to which her party is strongly opposed.

Martín explained that, since 2014, the center has been characterized by an "unfortunate" management by the City Council.

"At the beginning, the government team (then of the PP) took the responsibility out of the way by outsourcing the service through a company that resigned the same month," Martin recalled.

Then, a smaller contract was made to an entrepreneur worth 14,000 euros, which was not enough to cover costs, and with the drawback that Law 9/2017, of November 8, on Public Sector Contracts prevents the same person chain smaller contracts of the same type.

"The solution that they propose now from the City Council is that their employee becomes autonomous and hires her, which in addition to a fraud of Law is an absolutely bungling and deficient way of maintaining a service that would correspond to the council," said Martin.

"We understand that there are public services that should not be subject to economic profitability because they are necessary to cover basic needs of the population," said Martin, who recalled that in the case of the Lorca Highlands, "the closure of this MYP it would be another blow to the neighbors with minor children and would seriously affect the factors that feed the depopulation rates. "

Martín, who has been in contact with the Espartaria federation all weekend, which includes neighborhood groups from Zarzadilla de Totana, Avilés, Coy, Doñas Inés, La Paca, Zarcilla de Ramos and La Parroquia, next to El El Rincón and La Terreras, has proposed a solution that would go through a model of "self-management" of the service.

"We know that Espartaria is willing to take over the MYP," said Martin, who explained that the steps to be taken would be to register in the registry of service providers, the transfer of the premises by the City Council, and the concession of a direct subsidy as it happens with other associations that take care of the attention to social groups.

This model has already been applied before, for example, to the care of people with intellectual disabilities.

This is the case of APANDIS, which successfully manages its day center through grants from CARM and also develops with solvency a program of activities in the Center for Child Development and Early Care of Lorca through a grant of 89,600 euros from the City Council.

Martin has been in favor of this solution, which does not involve privatization but rather the implementation of a model of neighborhood self-management that, with municipal support, "would encourage participation and co-responsibility."

As long as it does not materialize, the IU councilor has urged the municipal government team to enable the provisional mechanisms that allow the center to be operational on September 1.

In that sense, he recalled that the residents of the rural areas of the municipality can not be punished with the suppression of more public services, and that he expects from the PSOE "sensitivity" and "support" to keep the attention of children from 0 to 3 years as a measure of support for the reconciliation of work and family life of their parents, as well as to encourage the repopulation of peoples who, otherwise, will be condemned to progressive aging.

Source: IU-verdes Lorca

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