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Furious Mayor accuses Canary Government of “robbery” over jobs´plan 

The Mayor of Los Realejos, Manuel Dominguez has issued a hard-hitting rebuke to the Canary Government for not doing its financial share to help create jobs.

He says the financing of the archipelago’s employment plan is unfair and unbalanced because municipalities like Los Realejos and many others on Tenerife are paying more than they should be towards the cost.

He says the ratio is out of proportion and he criticised the Canary Government for not paying 100 per cent of the costs when job creation is so vital. Instead, municipalities were having to finance it by 50 per cent or more.

He has asked for an official report on the situation from the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces.

“I consider it a robbery of the Canary Islands not only Los Realejos but the 88 municipalities of the Canary Islands,” he said. “It puts us between a rock or wall with a ‘take it or or leave it ‘ scenario which does not give us room for manouevre.”

He said Los Realejos had contributed in the period 2012-2015 a total of 508,066 euros towards the Canary employment plan while the government had given finance of 803,766 euros.

For 2016, they were once again being asked to finance 50 per cent which was equivalent to 141,000 euros, money which would not be spent on municipal projects which had been planned.

The Mayor said: “This attitude of the Canary Islands, specifically the Minister of Employment, is unfair, is unsupportive and tightens the municipalities”.

He stressed that the employment plan was absolutely vital and gave unemployed people six months of work but it should not be the councils which financed it.