Government investment in the first semester only reaches 14%

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The Ministry of Social Rights has executed 57% of its budgets, 14% more than the average of the rest of the departments

B. Hernandez

The
expense account of the budget of the
autonomous community of this year reflects that the
execution of investments until June hardly reaches a
14.1% between chapters VI and VII.that is, between investments made directly and capital transfers to local corporations, both councils and municipalities.

This percentage represents about
238 million of the almost 1,700 million budgeted by the regional Executive between the two chapters.

The data of the
General Intervention of the Ministry of Financepublished this week in the
Official Gazette of the Canary Islands (BOC)indicate that of the
real investmentsbudgeted at almost 713 million, obligations have been recognized for
88 million, 12.3%.

Meanwhile, of the
capital transfersheading in which 973 million were allocated, have been executed in the first half of the year
150.3 million euros, around 15.4%.

Similar to 2021

These percentages do not differ too much from those registered in the same period last year.
in 2021of the 701.5 million that the Government earmarked for
real investmentsthem, in the first six months of the year
only 7.4% was spent -around 52 million-.

In
capital transfers 696 million were consigned and between January and June a total of
144 million, which represents 20%, a percentage five points higher than this year.

Between the two chaptersthe execution figure for last year is similar,
15%. According to 2021 data, obligations worth 197 million of the almost 1,400 budgeted by the regional Executive between the two chapters were recognized in the first semester. In 2022, although the percentage is practically the same, the figure executed is 41 million more.

Expenditure of the ministries

Instead,
global execution has risen by nearly seven points compared to the same period of the previous year. The data from the General Intervention indicate that spending
stands at 43.13% of the 10,000 million of the 2022 accounts,
compared to 36.44% in 2021.

This figure is boosted by the spending of the departments with more staff as well as by the Ministry of Social Rights, which must manage social aid.

Thus, the area that directs
Naomi Santana has already executed more than half of its budget, specifically the
57% -367 million of the 639 assigned to it-.
Education and Health are usually around 50%because they have to deal with the payment of more than 57,000 payrolls.

In this way,
the Ministry of Manuela Armas has already executed 48.3% of its budget, that is, 1,069 million of the 2,229 that it has in the 2022 accounts. T
also the Health arealed by Blas Trujillo, has recognized obligations for
1,613 million this year, 50% of the 3,227 available.

The ones that spend the least

On the contrary, and also as has been reflected in the latest records, the ministries of
Tourism, Ecological Transition and Agriculture they are the ones that have executed the least budget in the middle of the year.

As detailed in the General Intervention,
Tourism only spent one
13% of the item assigned to it, which translates into 27 million euros spent of the 201 million allocated to it in the 2022 Budget of the autonomous community.

Ecological Transitionthe department that has grown the most, has an annual budget of 388 million euros, but in the first six months it has only accounted for
71.6 million, 19.5%. Nor is it doing better for the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries. Alicia Vanoostende and her team have only executed 29% of the 178 million that correspond to her, that is, about 51 million.

The rest of the departments of the Government of the Canary Islands moves between
33% executed by
Public Works -171 million of the 512 available- and the
41% of the Ministries of Finance and Public Administrationsyes The area directed by the Vice President of the Government has spent 86 million euros of the 208 million that correspond to it, while the department of the counselor Julio Pérez has recognized obligations for 158.7 million of the total of 379.7 that were assigned to him in the accounts for the current year.

autonomous bodies

The expense of
autonomous bodiesas well as the Parliament, has a higher average than the Government and
slash 50%. Even so, this percentage is weighed down by the low execution of some entities, such as the
Housing Institute (12.70%); the Equality Institute (21.4%) or the Canarian Employment Institute (25.2%).

The average only exceeds it
the Canary Islands Health Service (SCS) which reaches 55.4%, which means that it has executed 1,963 million in the first six months of the year of the 3,543 that it has to its credit.

The Minister of Finance, Román Rodríguez. / Juan Carlos Alonso

50% more IGIC

On the other hand, the income account includes the tax collection of the resources of the Economic and Fiscal Regime (REF) for the first half of 2022.

During this time, these taxes represented a total of 1,054 million euros for the public coffers of the autonomous community, which represents 46.68% more than in the same period last year, when the collection reached 718 million.

This percentage increases by a couple of points if IGIC income is taken into account. Between January 1 and June 30 of this year, this tax figure generated 931 million euros compared to 621 million collected during the first half of last year, almost 50% more.

In addition, the Tax on Imports and Delivery of Merchandise in the Canary Islands (Aiem) collected 110 million, around 32% more than in 2021. On the other hand, the registration tax maintains the figures in negative and fell by 8.19% , from 9.2 million to 8.5 million.

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