More than 500 days of waiting to receive a non-contributory pension

More than 500 days of waiting to receive a non-contributory pension

70% of applicants for non-contributory pensions in the Canary Islands are women. / ARCADIO SUAREZ

Almost 8,000 islanders are on the waiting list to receive a benefit of 545 euros on average and that for many families is their only source of income. The term to resolve must be 90 days but in the Canary Islands it is delayed

Silvia Fernandez

A total of 7,671 Canarians are waiting for the Government of the Canary Islands to recognize their
non-contributory pensioneither disability or retirement. Many of them have spent more than 500 days "in queue" waiting for a benefit to be resolved whose average processing is 90 days (month and a half compared to a year and a half) but that on the islands takes 'sine die' for a
inefficient management. The Canary Islands is today the autonomous community of Spain with the largest number of pending files. It is followed by Catalonia, with 7,268, according to the latest data from the Ministry of Social Rights and the 2030 Agenda at the end of July.

Although non-contributory pensions are paid by the State, their management and recognition corresponds to the
autonomous communities. In the case of the Canary Islands, the jurisdiction lies with the Ministry of Social Rights, Equality, Diversity and Youth, directed by Noemí Santana. And it is precisely here where since 2019 there has been a collapse that has almost 8,000 Canarians waiting: 4,006 are waiting for retirement and 3,665 for disability. Pending requests account for 20% more than
42,086 people currently receiving the non-contributory benefit in the archipelago and to which 22.6 million are allocated, with an average per person of 545.5 euros, according to the Ministry.

Who can perceive

The non-contributory retirement benefit can be accessed by people over 65 who have lived in Spain for at least the last ten years and have not contributed enough (130 per month) to Social Security to receive a contributory benefit, with which
70% of the cases are women who ask for this help because it is their only source of income.

In recent years there has been an increase in applicants for the hand of
returned emigrants to the Canary Islands and that they are processing their collection.

The gravity of the situation has forced the Diputado del Comun to intervene. Specifically, it has been the Deputy for Equality between Women and Men and Gender Violence of the Diputación del Comun,
Beatrice Barrerawho has opened an ex officio investigation to try to find solutions to a "management deficit" problem that mainly affects older women, who due to various circumstances such as caring for the elderly, children or dependents, have not contributed enough throughout their lives and therefore are not entitled to a contributory benefit.

Meeting with the Government of the Canary Islands

Barrera recently met with the Director of Social Rights and Immigration of the Government of the Canary Islands, Francisco Javier Bermúdez, who recognized the problem and the
collapse that exists in the Canary Islands in the management of files. Bermúdez, according to Barrera, told him that his department had launched a shock plan with an increase in the workforce by 16 people and the digitization of the system to speed up the processing of applications.

7,671 canaries

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    They are waiting for your request to be processed. 4,006 have requested the non-contributory retirement pension and 3,665 the disability pension. On the islands there are already 42,086 beneficiaries.

90 days

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    This is the average processing time for these files, however, in the Canary Islands it is taking up to 500 days, which is a year and a half compared to a month and a half.


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    It is the average amount of the non-contributory pension benefit in the Canary Islands. By type, retirement is an average of 533.84 euros compared to 561.3 for disability.

1,000 net requests

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    They have been resolved between January and July but there is still a bottleneck because files do not stop coming in: 2,772 new ones arrived and 3,716 were solved.

The director of Social Rights is confident that by the end of next year, in 2023, most of the stuck files will have been resolved, although the objective is anticipated to be complicated because the number of applications does not stop.

Between January and July, 3,716 files have been resolved (2,164 for retirement and 1,552 for invalidity) but the fact is that
2,771 new applications have entered the systemwith which the balance at the end of the accumulated files is -1,000 and almost 8,000 remain to be resolved, according to data from the Ministry.

The Common Deputy "will be vigilant"

The deputy of the Deputy of the Common, Beatriz Barrera, indicated yesterday that "she will be vigilant" so that the files are fulfilled and processed as soon as possible.

"This shock plan has to continue to increase in order to reduce the waiting list as quickly as possible," says Barrera, who considers that this type of benefit
should have an "almost immediate" resolution after registering the request. “We are talking about vulnerable groups. I cannot conceive of a basic service without an efficient management system at its side », she points out.

Barrera and the Director of Social Rights will meet again in a few months to analyze the data and verify that the situation is improving «The most important thing is that the General Directorate of Social Rights is aware of these facts and is already taking measures to improve and reduce the waiting list through this shock plan”, indicates Barrera.

The profile of the applicant: female, married and between 70 and 79 years old

The profile of the person requesting the non-contributory retirement pension is that of a Spanish woman, married, between the ages of 70 and 79, who lives in a family unit made up of two or three members. Regarding the profile of the person requesting the disability pension, it is a Spanish national, who lives in an economic unit made up of two or three people and who accredits a degree of disability valued between 65% and 74%. The disabilities are preferably of a psychic type, followed closely by those of a physical type. In the Canary Islands there are currently 42,086 beneficiaries of non-contributory benefits: 24,154 are retirement benefits (70% women) and 17,932 disability benefits (54% women), according to data from the Ministry of Social Rights and the 2030 Agenda.

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