Social services, fight against poverty

Social services, fight against poverty

With some indicators of social well-being below the state average, social services play an essential role in the Canary Islands to cover the basic needs of many families. Improve aid management, reduce dependency waiting lists and fight the high Poverty rateespecially children's, are the objectives pursued by the proposals of the different political formations for the 28M.


The Socialists highlight that the approval of the Minimum Vital Income (IMV) in 2020 and the activation of the Personal Autonomy Law, which had not been applied for 15 years, have been fundamental milestones to overcome a model of welfare or charitable social services and move towards a professionalized model.

One of the main objectives of the PSOE is eradicate the waiting list In dependence. They undertake to create more social and health infrastructures, more day centers, more occupational centers, but also to improve home helpservices for the promotion of personal autonomy and advanced telecare, to keep people in their environment in the best conditions.

With the commitment to continue strengthening the public system of social services, they propose to continue with the development of the Canary Islands Social Services Law and to continue increasing the number of staff in the Ministry of Social Rights to guarantee more and better social protection.

Likewise, they are committed to promoting legislation that allows improving the conditions of the caring people and grant them social and labor recognition, in addition to drawing up a definitive Social and Health Infrastructure Plan, in coordination with the island councils, to increase the number of places.

They are also committed to a Law for Comprehensive Care for people with Disabilities and a Canary Accessibility Plan to achieve an inclusive Canary Islands, without barriers and that guarantees universal accessibility.

They guarantee that families with minors will be the object of special attention in eviction processes, to avoid their eviction or guarantee housing alternatives, and they will promote the first Canarian plan for fight against child povertyto break the cycle of poverty in the Canary Islands.

A caregiver accompanies a dependent woman.

Juan Carlos Alonso


As an essential element for the structuring, the PP is committed to strengthening social policies. They undertake to provide care to the unit with a sufficient annual budget and to review the aid to adapt the economic benefits to the reality of dependent people.

They are also committed to expediting the resolution of the processing of dependency, disability and Canary Islands Citizenship Income files with the implementation of a Social Employment Plan extraordinary and urgent for the attention of those areas.

In mutual agreement with the councils, they want to cover all the concerted positions that may be residence hall vacancies and day centers, and increase them progressively to respond to the existing demand.

Open a dialogue with organizations and Third Sector entities with the aim of reaching agreements for the better management of the Social Services Law and the updating of the Socio-sanitary Infrastructure Plan are other of its measures.

To deal with the high rate of poverty, they propose an emergency plan to cover all basic services for people and families in situations of poverty and social marginalization, launch comprehensive support programs for people in a situation of exclusion and a social emergency fund to help families without income with all their members unemployed. They will implement a program of measures to promote insertion companies for the promotion of socio-labour inclusionl of people at risk of exclusion.

They also undertake to guarantee policies of efficient housing and supplies pfor families in social exclusion and to immediately approve a plan to eradicate child poverty.


Increasing investment and strengthening the third sector are conditions that the nationalists consider necessary to guarantee social services adjusted to the reality of the Canary Islands. They propose creating a permanent board for the approval, follow-up and continuous evaluation of the catalog of social services and benefits mandated by law, and review with the FECAI the deficit situation of socio-sanitary places and the execution of the financed agreements.

They defend the need to urgently approve the anti-poverty planwith special attention to child poverty, and recover the Commissioner for the Fight against Poverty with exclusive dedication.

They undertake to promote the approval of the third sector law and to promote the improvement of conditions in the agreements of their workers. They also propose subsidizing or approving tax deductions for people who dedicate an agreed minimum time to volunteer work.

approve the Comprehensive Disability Care Plan of the Canary Islands and developing a new law for the care of children and adolescents in the Canary Islands adapted to the new state legislation are other measures that CC has in its program.

They also advocate the implementation of the Comprehensive Plan for Attention to Immigration based on the work carried out and the recommendations of the opinion of the Study Commission for Immigration in the Canary Islands, and propose the implementation of active aging plans adapted to the needs and characteristics of each territory.

A homeless person on a street in Arrecife.



NC points out as one of the axes of his project the policies of care and the development of a autonomous life and worthy for the elderly. They consider it essential to offer quality social and health care, with enough places and with qualified professionals, together with a deinstitutionalized social and health care model, with friendlier and less crowded residential models, such as collaborative housing.

They undertake to guarantee that the management of social services specialized in the care of people and their well-being is carried out based on the gender perspectivebearing in mind that this function falls mainly on women, both in the domestic sphere and in professional services.

The canarian formation also sees it necessary to promote measures of reconciliation of family, work and personal lifebeginning with the determined support for infant education from 0 to 3 years of age and promoting incentives for companies to promote the reconciliation measures established by law.

They propose developing personal assistance programs that allow people with disabilities to increase their personal autonomy and lead an independent life, preferably with supports at home.

They also advocate reviewing the current incentives for companies to hire people with functional diversity. Another of the objectives of NC is that the Canary Islands Citizenship Income approved at the end of 2022 reaches throughout the legislature at least 40,000 family unitsenabling them to have resources to meet their vital needs.


From the premise that public institutions should have a central role in strengthening public services, United Sí Podemos proposes to continue expanding the staff of the Ministry of Social Rights, Equality, Diversity and Youth as a guarantee for the effective management of social rights.

They undertake to promote the plan to fight poverty in the Canary Islands, articulating the actions in a transversal manner by all the departments and public administrations, and to develop the complement to the non-contributory pensions already approved by the Canary Islands Citizenship Income Law. The current economic amounts of the current benefits will increase, both the economic benefit for the family environment (PECEF) and the service-related benefit (PVS), until reaching the amounts of the average benefits at the state level.

In terms of dependency, they advocate continuing to incorporate changes in management to increase the number of benefits recognized and the reduction of the waiting list, and they propose launching awareness and educational campaigns to transfer a positive image of disability and ensure their rights and their contribution to the community without exclusions.

They guarantee dialogue with the third sector and the improvement of financing of non-governmental organizations (NGO) that develop projects in the social field in the Archipelago. They also propose to approve the Canarian Plan for Immigration and Intercultural Coexistence, as a road map for the next four years for the management of the migratory phenomenon.

In terms of care for the elderly, they will promote autonomy and residence in habitual residence as long as possible through new care models, promoting home help, increasing places and through alternative projects such as collaborative accommodation or cohousing.

Image of a substandard house.