Canarias, the worst region in Spain in dependency management in 2021

Canary Islands worsened dependency management in 2021. / ARCADIO SUAREZ

Although the archipelago was one of the communities where the number of beneficiaries increased the most, by 10.8%, the waiting list also increased by 23.1%

Louisa del Rosario

Last year, the Canary Islands ranked as the last region in dependency management. This is highlighted by the latest opinion of the
Dependency State Observatory who presented yesterday
Association of Directors and Managers in Social Services.

The ranking, which takes into account up to 16 items, from the limbo of dependency, people who are entitled to some of the benefits of the system but do not receive it until the average waiting time for the individualized care plan (PIA) or the balance between services and economic benefits, places
Canary Islands at the bottom of Spain, dropping one position compared to the previous year, which remained above Catalonia.

The islands only pass in three of the 16 items

The archipelago only passes in three of the 16 items, achieving one (maximum score) in the percentage of people who do not obtain a degree out of the total of those judged, in
the interannual variation rate of grade III records and in the weighting of amounts of economic benefits by degrees.

Achieves a 0.5 in the balance between services and
economic benefits and another in employment generated by the dependency system, but does not score in nine of the 16 parameters analyzed and subtraction due to the enormous number of people who ended up in limbo in 2021, due to the low year-on-year variation rate of people served over beneficiaries with effective provision.

943 days in limbo

The islands were in 2021 the community in which the longest is expected by
the individualized plan of care (IAP)delaying the provision to which one is entitled, whether financial or services, 942.90 days, that is, the average time in limbo is two and a half years.

The next worst community is Andalusia, where it is reduced with respect to the Canary Islands by one year, while the best was Castilla y León, that although its data worsened in 2021, it is the best community in dependency management. There the average waiting time is 116.82 days.

The Canary Islands kept 38.5% of the people who were entitled to the benefit in limbo, the highest figure in the country as a whole.

Only 785.17 euros, the third for the tail

Another bad figure on the islands is public spending on dependency in relation to the potentially dependent population in 2021.
In the Canary Islands it was 785.17 euros, the third from the bottom, only ahead of Aragón and Asturias. The difference with the average of the national group is 337.5 euros, since it stood at 1,122.67.

In this item, the Basque Country, with 1,578.03 euros, and Cantabria, with 1,419.71, are in the lead.

For the association, it is one more indicator of the gap between communities, especially between those in the north and south of Spain..

More people entitled to benefit

In the analysis carried out taking into account the shock plan launched by the Ministry of Social Rights to reduce dependency waiting lists, the association highlights that
The Canary Islands, although they also received financial aid for this, increased limbo by 23.1%. The positive note, however, is that the archipelago is also one of the communities where the number of people entitled to benefits increased the most in 2021specifically 10.8%, only behind Valencia, which rose 11.8%, and ahead of Asturias, which increased 9.2%.

In the whole of Spain, "positive data" were obtained for the first time in a decade in dependency, with which the shock plan has initiated the "recovery of the dependency care system," they acknowledge.

Unit has hired 50 people

The data for the Canary Islands in 2022 have begun to improve. In fact, in February of this year, 10,411 people on the islands were in limbo and
in March it was reduced by 890 people -8.5%- a "historic" figure as recognized to this newspaper by the general director of the area, Marta Arocha.

This difference was explained by the purpose of several changes.
On the one hand, the incorporation of fifty people to the assessment teams. On the other, the order that Arocha gave that direct aid be prioritized, that is, in the absence of residential places, the aid for service provision is approved. In addition, the Canarian Guardianship Foundation for Social Action has also been commissioned to have its social workers also make assessments and proposals for the individualized care plan (PIA).

Eight of the 17 communities worsen their data

Canarias is one of the eight communities that worsened dependency data in 2021 compared to the previous year.
Losing 0.5 points, it went from penultimate to last position. The one that lost the most was Galicia, 2.4points compared to the previous year's ranking. The Basque Country, Castilla y León, Extremadura, Navarra, Cantabria and Murcia also had worse results.

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