The president of the Junta de Castilla y León, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco, announced this Wednesday that the Governing Council will approve the Community General Budget Bill for 2023 tomorrow, which will focus on “protecting families, generating opportunities especially in rural areas and will contribute to having quality public services”.

Mañueco has made this announcement after the approval this morning in the Cortes of the spending ceiling, which the Minister of Economy and Finance, Carlos Fernández Carriedo, has defined as “realistic” with the scenario that Castilla y León is facing and that will to allow economic activity and employment to continue recovering, despite the “uncertainties”.

This has been pointed out by Fernández Carriedo during his presentation in the plenary session of the Cortes to explain the spending ceiling, which the Board has set for the 2023 financial year at 12,470 million euros, 1,490 million more than in 2021 (13.57 percent more than in 2021) and that has been approved with the support of PP and Vox , while Por Ávila has abstained and the rest of the formations have rejected it.

This figure, he indicated, is the result of adding the non-financial income expected to be obtained by the Community (12,267 million euros), as well as the resources associated with the deficit target of 0.3 percent of regional GDP (205.12 million ) and 2.13 million must be subtracted from this as a result of the necessary adjustments to the National Accounts.

In this way, the Minister of Economy and Finance has recognized that the Community is facing a “complicated” scenario with a forecast of “deterioration” of the expectations of economic growth, linked to the evolution of inflation, with an increase in prices of energy, raw materials and food “unprecedented in recent years”.

To this is added, the counselor assured, the uncertainties derived from the conflict in Ukraine, the growth of interest rates and with an announcement of a tax increase by the Government of Spain that generate “uncertainty and lack of confidence”.

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However, he has insisted that it is a “feasible” and “realistic” scenario, endorsed by the AIREF, which will allow it to continue growing with a “prudent” forecast compared to that proposed by the Government of Spain. At this point, it has placed the growth forecast in 2023 at 1.6 percent , below the 3.3 percent with which it plans to close the current year, which represents more than one point in what was forecast in the failed budget of 2022, which placed it at 4.9 percent.

In addition, he has indicated that it will allow employment to continue to be created, with a drop in the unemployment rate, which could reach 10.1 percent and that, in terms of jobs equivalent to full positions, employment will grow by 2.3 percent. hundred.

A spending ceiling that, he added, also includes a significant increase in resources from the European Union , which incorporates an increase in the collection expected from own taxes, lowering taxes and reflecting a reduction in transfers from the State, due to to the disappearance of the COVID Fund.

In any case, he recalled that this proposal is “fully compatible” with the Board continuing to demand a “fairer” and “sufficient” regional financing model to finance public services and a distribution of the level of public deficit “more balanced”.

According to Fernández Carriedo, the next Budget, which will be approved today by the Governing Council, will have the objective of advancing along the path of economic growth that
transform and reactivate “sustainably” economic activity and employment
and strengthen “quality” health, educational, social and housing access public services to protect “all” people, “regardless of where they live”.

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