The Canary Islands, the second region with the highest number of dependents in the pandemic

The Canary Islands was the second autonomous community that approved more dependency resolutions and more beneficiaries were incorporated into the system since the pandemic began in March 2020. The latest data from the Institute for the Elderly and Social Services (Imserso) reflect an improvement in several of the indicators of the application of the Dependency Law in the Canary Islands despite the Covid, especially at the end of 2021 since in December it was the community that registered the most benefit files, a total of 510, no less than 224.8% more than in the same month of the previous year .

On the other hand, the dependency system of the Islands continues to have a serious problem with the waiting list of dependents who have the recognized right but do not receive the benefit due to the deficit of places in day centers and residences that exist in the Islands, which has been called the limbo of dependency. The Imserso statistics reflect that the beneficiaries with the right to benefits pending receipt have decreased in all the autonomous communities during the pandemic, except in the Comunidad Foral de Navarra (32.2%, with 248 more), La Rioja (15.9%, with 506 more), Canarias (6.3%, with 586 more) and Cataluña (2.6%, with 2,000 more ). Due precisely to the improvement in the number of applications that have been registered and beneficiaries that have entered the system, the waiting list has increased by 23.1% in 2021 alone, a total of 1,868 more dependents.

Beneficiaries by autonomous community

Despite the state of alarm, confinement and restrictions, the Canary Islands was the second autonomous community where applications to benefit from the dependency system have increased the most between March 2020 and December 2021. The increase was 9.4% and 4,961 requests more, while the greatest increase occurred in the Valencian Community with a 15.2% increase and 22,011 more applications. The Balearic Islands also saw an increase in the demand to benefit from the system with a 7.7% increase and 2,515 more demands.

In terms of file resolutions, the Canary Islands also ranked as the second community with the most resolutions since the pandemic began, behind the Valencian Community. 10% more files processed, which represents an increase of 3,830 more compared to the last official statistics prior to Covid, on February 29, 2020. The third community with the highest increase was Asturias.

As a result of the increase in approved files, the number of beneficiaries entitled to benefits has also increased in this period and in this indicator the Islands once again ranked in the second region with the highest number of dependents integrated into the system with 11.8%. upload and 3,880 more users, with the other communities also Valencia and Asturias within this indicator evaluated by Imserso.

Going into the type of beneficiaries, that is, those who have a benefit and those who are waiting despite having the recognized right, the Canary Islands also increase their numbers in this pandemic period, especially those that refer to the limbo of dependency. The number of beneficiaries receiving benefit increased by 12.2% with 3,294 more. As of December 31, 2021, there were 26,787 people in the Archipelago in the dependency system with benefits, either with financial aid or with a place in a day center or residence.

The lack of care places increases the ‘limbo’ of the beneficiaries waiting for help


The Association of Directors and Managers in Social Services criticized yesterday that the Canary Islands are the autonomous community in which the dependency waiting list has increased the most in the last year despite the budget increase, 23.1%, ahead of La Rioja (16.4%) and Catalonia ( 7%), while in the rest it has fallen. For the group, the reduction that the Executive estimated at 60,000 people with the new shock plan approved a year ago “has failed” due to the bureaucracy in the procedures and that three communities (Canarias, La Rioja and Catalonia) have increased the list of instead of reducing it “despite having received the budget increase”.

According to the report, last year there were 3,202 deaths on the waiting list, 1,107 who were on the limbo dependency and 2,095 pending assessment.

By months, in December 2021 the largest year-on-year increases in registrations of applications have been registered in Extremadura (925 registrations, 778 more than in the same month of 2020), Canarias (850 registrations, 624 more than in December 2020) and Andalusia (3,663 discharges, 1,864 more than in December 2020).

In light of these data, the Counselor for Social Rights, Noemí Santana, stressed yesterday that the Canary Islands are at the forefront among the communities that more and better manage degree files, although he acknowledges that “we still have a very complicated situation.” Santana indicates that for this reason we must “continue working to improve care for people in a situation of dependency in our community,” reports a statement from his department.

On the other hand, the deputy spokesperson for the Popular parliamentary group in the Parliament of the Canary Islands, Poli Suárez, criticized yesterday that, “despite having increased the budget allocation in the area of ​​Social Rights in 2021, the results have worsened” and regretted that the Canary Islands were, last year, “the community in which the number of people who they did not receive the benefit to which they were entitled. Suárez, in a statement, reproached that “incompetence has once again been the protagonist of the management of the regional council, led by Noemí Santana.”


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