The Canary Islands executed between January and March 5% of the investments

Image of a session of the Government Council of the Canary Islands chaired by its head, Ángel Víctor Torres. / C7

By departments, Ecological Transition and Tourism are the ones that spend the least of the allocated budget in the first three months

B. Hernandez

B. HERNANDEZ The Gran Canarian palms

The execution of the autonomous community in the first months of the year moves slowly and, as usual, will gain momentum in the last quarter.

This is reflected by the
Government budget expense account for 2022which in the summary by chapters indicates that the investments made between the months of January and March barely reached
5% between chapters VI and VIIthat is, between investments made directly and capital transfers to local corporations, both councils and municipalities.

This percentage represents only
79 million of the 1,468 budgeted by the Autonomous Executive for these two chapters. The planned real investments reach 566 million euros, although in the first three months obligations have been recognized for only 27.7 million, that is, 4.9%.

Regarding capital transfers, a heading in which a total of 902.5 million was recorded in the regional accounts, the execution in the first quarter was 51.2 million, around 5.6%.

  • Spent
    The obligations recognized by the Government of the Canary Islands in the first quarter of 2022 amounted to 1,884 million, 19.4%.

  • Education and Health.
    The areas with the most staff present a better execution: Health 25% and Education 22%.

  • Less run
    Ecological Transition has only executed 4.3% of its budget.

These percentages
are similar to those recorded last year. In March 2021, almost 6% of the 1,156 million that added up between the two investment chapters had been executed, although the registration in capital transfers amounted to 7.6%, practically double what happened with real investments , which did not even reach 4%.

At a global level, the budget execution of the regional administration in the first quarter of this year also obtained similar results to those registered in the same period last year.

Thus, the data from the General Intervention published yesterday in the Official Bulletin of the Canary Islands (BOC) reflect
an expense of 19.4% on the 9,700 million final budget for this year, while in 2020 the execution on this same date was at 21%.

Counseling

By councils, between
The worst rate of spending between January and March is Ecological Transition. The ministry directed by José Antonio Valbuena has a 4.3% budget execution -13.4 million of a budget of 310.5 million-. This department was one of those that grew the most in the regional accounts this year.

In the queue positions there is also
Tourism, Industry and Commercewhich of the 150 million consigned for this year, had only committed 7.2 million at the end of March, 4.8%.

At 5.6% of execution stands
Public Works, Transportation and Housinga, of the total of 506 million that places its budget for this year. Neither does the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries reach double digits, which in three months executed 15.7 million of the 171 million available (9.2%).

Good rhythm

On the opposite side, among the departments that execute the most, are those that have
more staff obligations, such as Education and Health, which should cover a large part of the workforce of the autonomous community. Thus, the first of these two departments has spent 474 million, which represents 22% of its 2,164 million.

As for the health area, it recognized between January and March obligations for 805 million, which means 25% of its budget, which amounts to 3,226 million euros.

The departments of
Economy, Employment and Knowledgeas well as that of
Public administrations they move in some percentages of execution that
around 18%while Social Rights, the department headed by Noemí Santana -one of those that recognized the most obligations during the past year-, is in the first quarter of this year at 16%, almost a third of what was executed in 2021 in this same period, when it reached 42%.

The PP deputy, Fernando Enseñat. / c7

"The same disaster every year"

The deputy of the Popular Group in the Parliament of the Canary Islands, Fernando Enseñat, considers that the low level of execution of chapters VI and VII dedicated to investment in the regional budget is "just as disastrous as in previous years."

On the other hand, the headings that do not require any special effort, because they are the ones that allocate more resources to paying payroll or current spending, are the ones that register the best results.

In his opinion, and although it is "premature" to assess the percentage of obligations recognized in the first quarter, he does indicate that "everything that requires a boost from the Government is at a minimum" and insists that "chapters I and II are the same good and the investment ones, just as bad”.

From the summary of expenses and income published by the BOC, it emphasizes tax collection. In this sense, it indicates that the autonomous community has obtained in this first quarter 50% more for rates, while direct taxes rise 24% and indirect taxes 28%.

The popular parliamentarian understands that "collection has skyrocketed like never before" and describes this situation as "nonsense", generated in large part by inflation not only due to the increase in energy and fuel prices, but also due to the increase in of basic products.

As the PP has been insisting, Enseñat considers tax collection on the islands "an excess" and takes advantage of this new data, now certified by the General Intervention, to demand a reduction in taxes from the Government of the Canary Islands that alleviates the burden of SMEs , freelancers and families.

"With the collection figures that are obtained month by month, the Government no longer has excuses for not applying a selective tax reduction and of course it is not worth saying that the autonomous community also sees its services become more expensive with inflation."

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