A decade after the Dependency aid system began to suffer a battery of cuts that left it with funding that made it impossible offer a quality service, the General Budgets for 2021 include an injection of 600 million euros. But the commitment of the coalition government goes further. According to the Dependency Shock Plan 2021-2023 designed by the Second Vice Presidency, to which elDiario.es has had access, this investment will be replicated in the following public accounts of the legislature in a cumulative way, which will mean about 3,600 million. In addition, another 2,500 million from the European fund for recovery after the pandemic will go to the system, although they will depend on the projects presented by the autonomous communities. The amount in the entire legislature will be around 6,000 million.
Government, unions and employers agree to reduce the waiting list of the Unit and improve the conditions of workers
The plan will be debated and predictably approved this Friday by the Territorial Council for Social Services and the System for Autonomy and Care for Dependency, which brings together the Government and the autonomous communities. In fact, the autonomous governments are responsible for executing most of the budget allocated to Dependency. The meeting will be chaired by the second vice president, Pablo Iglesias.
"The Ministry of Social Rights and the 2030 Agenda is committed to including in its proposals for the 2022 and 2023 budgets new, cumulative increases of a similar magnitude" to those of the accounts 2021, pick up the document. That is, 1,200 million for 2022 and 1,800 for 2023. This money, according to the agreement, will be dedicated to "substantially reducing the waiting list and processing times for applications," to "ensuring that the working and professional conditions of the people who work in the Dependency system are adequate, as a guarantee of the quality of care received by the beneficiaries of the system "and to introduce improvements in the services and benefits to guarantee adequate care of the dependent people, preferably through professional services of quality".
Social agents have joined this agreement. The Secretary of State for Social Rights that directs Nacho Álvarez has closed with unions and employers your participation in the plan to try to ensure its compliance. In fact, in a interview with elDiario.es last November, Álvarez assures that despite addressing "a very ambitious increase" in this year's Budgets, "it is necessary to continue raising similar increases in the following years so that, at the end of the legislature, we have approached that goal of 50 % [de financiación] between the State and communities from which we were very far when we entered the Government. ”Currently, that distribution is 20% by the Government and 80% by the communities.
The plan also includes a calendar for the implementation of the measures it contemplates, which will allow tracing the compliance of both the Central Administration and the regional and local administrations, each according to its competence. The idea, according to the document, is "to prioritize those that are most urgent and that can be applied more immediately." It is also accompanied by "an adequate estimate" of the cost of each of them.
Telecare in each home in 2022
Thus, for example, in February of this same 2021 a proposal to improve the administrative procedure should be ready to reduce waiting lists. In the first semester of 2021, the service co-payment system will also be reviewed.
One of the most anticipated points by families refers to telecare at home. The plan includes that in the second semester of the year an agreement on telecare must be ready that defines "conditions of service, definition of advanced telecare and its role in the system." According to the document, "throughout 2022" access to the telecare service must be guaranteed for all dependent persons with a recognized degree who live at home. "
To allow this investment, the Government will recover the two financing channels that Mariano Rajoy eliminated. Until 2013, the Executive contributed to the autonomous communities an amount fixed in the Budgets called "agreed level". In addition, another way was the "minimum level", which was provided to each region based on different indicators, such as the number of dependents actually recognized and cared for.
2,500 million from European funds
The impact of the pandemic caused by the coronavirus pushed Europe to approve the so-called Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Fund. Spain will receive about 140,000 million in different ways and in different annuities.
Of that money, some 2,500 million will go to the Dependency system, according to government sources. The destination of these funds will be residences, telecare, day centers or training of workers, among others. Only for residences, where the pandemic had the most brutal impact in the first wave of 2020, 2.1 billion are planned in three years from Europe.
These funds, however, depend on the projects presented by each autonomous community. The Territorial Council this Friday will approve the criteria for the distribution of money from Europe, but not yet the amount that will go to each administration.