Direct | Plenary session of the Parliament of the Canary Islands

Ángel Víctor Torres, president of the Canary Islands, in a file image. / efe

Pablo Rodríguez (CC-PNC-AHI) replies that the poverty data is "certainly worrying" and criticizes that the executive "boasts an improvement"

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The president of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, has assessed in the plenary session of the regional Parliament that the poverty figures have improved in the archipelago, as confirmed in the AROPE 2018-2021 report, although his executive
«He will not say like others that he does not see poverty in the streets».

In this way he has responded to the deputy of the Nationalist Group Pablo Rodríguez, who has opined that this "slight improvement" reflected in said report does not correspond to the "unprecedented resources" that the administration has had to deal with this phenomenon, Y
has described his management as "failure".

Torres, who was also asked in plenary by the deputy from Nueva Canarias Luis Campos, stressed that this AROPE report "is necessary" to highlight that poverty in the Canary Islands "is not new, it is not recent", and that
there is "a stretch ahead" and «corrective capacity» to reduce the social gap.

Even so, he has valued that in the Canary Islands they have left
more than 30,000 people of the situation of poverty and that the so-called "social shield" of measures such as ERTEs, ICO funds or post-pandemic aid, "has worked" and contributed, "without a doubt", to improving these figures and preventing them from falling into exclusion 375,000 people.

Torres has emphasized that
The Canary Islands have the lowest unemployment figures in years and the highest in Social Security affiliations, and the number of beneficiaries of the Canarian insertion pension has gone from 5,000 in 2018 to 40,000.
"That's not complacency"he asserted in the face of criticism from the opposition.

And after comparing the current poverty data with those in 2018, he added that if the current management "is bad" for the opposition, let it put "the adjective" that it considers when these parties ruled in the Canary Islands.

Pablo Rodríguez (CC-PNC-AHI) has replied that the poverty data in the Canary Islands are "certainly worrying" and
has criticized that from the regional executive "they boast of an improvement" that from his point of view "it is not such".

And it is that the Government has "more resources than ever", whether they are European funds, use of the surplus, elimination of the spending rule, greater collection and legislative modifications.

Rodríguez added that this "slight improvement" in the poverty data that the Government of the Canary Islands speaks of "cannot be due to his management", because this, he added, continues to make families precarious "with dependent people, while than the minimum vital income
“it is far from 86% of the people who requested it”.

To all this he has added "the spectacular increase in the demand for applicants in food banks", which is "a very serious indicator".

Luis Campos, from Nueva Canarias, has indicated that the AROPE report in its conclusions on the Canary Islands "is not a reason to get excited" but has criticized "the tremendousness" of those who had government responsibilities in the islands until three years ago.

He has stopped from the "positive aspects" of the aforementioned report, especially in the verification of the effectiveness of the 'social shield', which comes to demonstrate, said Campos, that with powerful public policies aimed at all citizens it can be reversed poverty.
We are not condemned for this to be eternal", it has closed.