The acting Andalusian Ombudsman, José Chamizo, has indicated in the Parliamentary Committee, where he has presented the Annual Report 2012, that we are in a situation in which the parties “have to do an internal reflection” because “people walk a little crazed “with the current crisis situation. In this sense, he affirms that many times people “do not know where to go and if they go to a place before it was back tomorrow and now it is here it is not”. Thus, he urges the political groups to “without conflict, think about it” because this cycle of doing politics is “ending” and “we have to start in a different way”. “I am worried about the mental stability of many people motivated by the crisis and we must keep this in mind”.
In addition, during his speech he insisted on the need for the Parliament to approve the law of social inclusion and a new law on social services, two “very important” issues and on which, in his opinion, “there would be no great difficulties for a consensus among political forces “. Thus, Chamizo answered the question of the popular deputy Rosalía Espinosa on what initiative would be the most urgent to ask the Board for the benefit of the most disadvantaged Andalusians, within the framework of the Internal Affairs and Petitions Committee, before which the Defender has presented the 2012 Annual Report.
During his appearance, Chamizo stressed that the Office has become “the immediate contact” with people affected by the worst effects of the economic situation, “saying that” it is working for two reasons, first because we receive more requests, either by formulating complaints or because consultations and requests for advice are increased “, and because” we appreciate lack of channels of expression in the face of the needs of broad social sectors. “Thus, he warns that people” begin to feel too many closed doors between the structures of attention of the administrations “.
In addition, Chamizo affirms that “no one is already discussing the serious crisis and fewer and fewer are daring to question the need to make adjustments in an economic model of an unsustainable Welfare State”, but “we refuse to accept that it becomes inevitable that thousands of people have to lose their homes, their jobs or beg and we do not accept that there is no other option, “while insisting that there are three” sensitive “scenarios such as housing, employment and emergency social coverage.
On housing, he laments that in this country “paradise of construction” there is a “scandalous lack of housing.” Thus, the Ombudsman recalled that in July a summary document was prepared of “essential” measures that “are described in the Annual Report and coincide with the work lines of the Governing Council of the Board”, in reference to the approval of the decree law of social function of housing. “We trust that its formal expression will be put into practice and we will be able to take a step towards meeting the social housing needs”, although Chamizo is “skeptical”.
For this the Ombudsman has set as an example, among others, that according to Article 13 of Law 1/2010 was established as March 2012 to approve and communicate plans for housing and land. However, he regrets, “until the time limit of the deadline had been only the city of Jerez, Cordoba and Seville who met this obligation, that is, the 761 Andalusians, only three.”
In addition, Chamizo has alluded to the two proposals made in this report, delivered to the president of Parliament, Manuel Gracia, on March 25, and referred to the need to create a law of second chance, to offer debtors pay their debts “in an orderly manner and in reasonable time” and the implementation of a special social solidarity fund “aimed at providing a minimum of funding to public and private resources.” He also regrets the economic “difficulty” in the educational field, with the substitution of teachers after ten school days, a delay that is creating a “great malaise”, as well as in the administration of justice. In this regard, he has referred to a recent complaint that is being cited for 2016 in the Social Courts of Seville.
Chamizo has also referred to the situation of the Dependency Law, which “has been subject last year of distortion since the normative derogation of content, the lowering of the budget and the suspension of administrative action dedicated to the management and application of the system “, he laments, whenever he warns that” if there is no change in the short term, we have to certify the death of the system “. In this regard, he referred to the recent analysis conducted by the Ombudsman, which includes three basic points for the survival of the Law: betting on home help and day centers, maintain the replacement rate and pay the debt accumulated in the system .
“to be in functions means to work”
The Ombudsman has also referred to the problem of the watchmen in the terraces of residential areas, to the controls of legality by the Office throughout 2012 in the preferred shares, to which the analysis of aspects of function has been added public, pharmaceutical benefits, shift of office in prisons or lack in universities, because “to be in function means to work and I’m there while not tell me otherwise,” says Chamizo, who “expects citizens to respond in a courageous and participatory way in matters that affect them, with a conquest of the political agenda to enhance democracy, while ratifying the absolute commitment of the Institution that will continue to defend people at times when they need it the most “.
For its part, the popular spokesperson has acknowledged the work of the Office of the Ombudsman and said that his political group “will welcome” the data in this report that “will encourage them to make great efforts to improve the situation”, a situation before the one that the PP “does not resign itself and is taking many means to leave it”. On the subject of preferred shares, the popular deputy has given the “congratulations” to Chamizo for “standing next to the scammed people”, and has encouraged that in the issue of the ERE “is also decided and inform the Superior Prosecutor of Andalusia “everything you have to put” because “there are millions of euros that we have to find and return them to the unemployed of Andalusia and unemployment policies.” The Ombudsman has responded that on this subject, “they have done everything what they could do and what they will be waiting for if there is something new to do “.
The deputy of IU José Antonio Castro Román described as “very positive” the 2012 Report because it shows that the Office “has not been unaware of this crisis”, because “it works and works well”. The Socialist deputy Soledad Pérez, who has said that “the lack of channels of expression” seems to her to be “the cornerstone of the Ombudsman’s reflection and the one that has to worry the political representatives the most.”
About the National Plan for Children and Adolescents has said that there are measures with which they agree as the host family and not continue to institutionalize the child, to which the Defender has replied that “you can not fall into the idea that Now everything has to be welcome “in the national and regional plans, because” there are children who first need an assessment and I am afraid that with the crisis all residential centers will be closed “.