January 24, 2021

"Either democracy is social or it ends up gangrenous"

"Either democracy is social or it ends up gangrenous"



The former President of the Government, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, has defended today that a "dignified" country is the one that turns all individuals into citizens "in their own right" and, after demanding greater development of the Dependency Law, has warned that the democracy "or it is social, or it ends up gangrenous".

The former president of the Government has made these demonstrations during his speech at the opening ceremony of the II Congress of Personal Assistance, which is held in Seville, and which has claimed that the funding of the Law of Promotion of Personal Autonomy and Attention to the Unit rises up to 1% of the GDP, that is, it increases to 10 billion euros.

He recalled that currently 7,000 million euros are allocated, but the White Paper supporting the aforementioned law, passed under his mandate, reflected a financial horizon of 1% of GDP, a budget he believes must be reached in order to "become a decent country". "

"You have to make that qualitative leap with the reference of the budgets of 2019 and 2020, to arrive in 2021 to 10,000 million euros, so that the system is comparable to that of the best countries in the world," he has defended.

After recalling that the aforementioned law, which he has considered a "social conquest", came into force in January 2007, he has welcomed the fact that the system of care for dependence is already "unquestionable", although he has insisted that it has arrived the moment to give "the second qualitative leap of consolidation of the model".

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