Wednesday, August 10

Ayuso promotes measures to provide housing for police officers while relativizing the problem of rent

For Isabel Díaz Ayuso the limitation of rent prices is practically a Bolshevik measure. The same as raising taxes on the large holders of vacant homes. She herself has one that she does not rent, as she confessed from her seat this Wednesday in an interview on Telecinco, for fear of squatters and tenants who destroy them. It is not the first time that the president of one of the regions has deployed this type of argument where flats are prohibitive both for those who intend to buy them and for a simple lease.

Lends to fight every morning a new battle with the Government of Pedro Sánchez, this week the reason was the agreement of the coalition of PSOE and United We Can to face the rise in rental prices in large cities, especially in areas more stressed. Before knowing the specific text of a rule that leaves a lot of room for maneuver to the autonomies and municipalities, Ayuso has already advanced that he will not apply it and even that he is willing to appeal it as unconstitutional, something that his party has also advanced. The thesis of the president of Madrid is that any regulation of the apartment market is interventionist and collides with legal security. His recipe, he repeats, is liberalism and lower taxes to create jobs so that young people and anyone who wants to access a home can afford it in Madrid.

Ayuso has even affirmed that the law gives a “Chavista third world” image to foreign investors, while the mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, also from the PP, publicly acknowledged that he will not do “anything” to intervene in the market of the rent. Not even making the IBI more expensive to those large accumulators of homes that have them empty.

This general diagnosis collides with the decisions that the president of Madrid herself is adopting to solve a more particular problem: that of the lack of police and civil guards in Madrid, which she herself attributes to the refusal of the agents to settle in the capital, given the housing prices. According to their accounts, the region currently has a structural deficit of 10% of security forces, some 2,500 police officers.

In the words of this last week, Ayuso alluded to the incidents generated in bottles that concentrate thousands of young people every weekend and end in riots and sometimes violence. And in his explanation, he argued why he believes that Madrid has a deficit of police officers and their recipes to remedy it. He recalled that the Community has implemented economic incentives so that they find it “attractive to come to Madrid.” Among the package of plans is to make available to agents housing at a “very affordable price”, so that they choose the region as their destination, something that is not happening very often now. It ends up happening on many occasions that although some agents decide to come to autonomy, soon after they request the transfer to other cities due to the cost of living in Madrid.

“The Government Delegation has to help me, within the competencies, to have more police officers. For example, what I have put on the table are housing policies for which I have given them homes at very, very high prices. affordable, but the problem is that they are not being signed [por parte de la Delegación]”Ayuso said during his interview on El Programa de Ana Rosa.

Sergio Osorio, Madrid regional secretary of the Spanish Police Confederation (CEP), confirms to that the lack of agents in Madrid is real and confines it mainly to the high rental prices. “The problem that we find ourselves in Madrid is rents, because we have to end up allocating half of our salary to that which does not end up being attractive to anyone. Sometimes there are agents who have to bring their families and live only with their salary which ends up being a problem because the rental price must be added that life in general is more expensive in Madrid, “he laments.

Osorio appreciates the measures promoted by the Ayuso government, which include free public transport and food aid for the children of the agents. “To this day, it is the only administration that has truly looked to the security forces and bodies to grant us these homes,” says the Madrid regional secretary of the CEP, although he acknowledges that the number of homes put up to The provision by the regional executive is insufficient considering that there are currently 24,456 agents in the region and some 2,500 more are missing.

The Community of Madrid has offered the Government Delegation a total of 81 homes owned by the regional government at a reduced price of 230 euros per month: 41 in Lavapiés, in the center of Madrid, and another 40 in Ciempozuelos, according to sources from the Ministry of Justice and Interior to this wording. “These measures have not been accepted by the Ministry of the Interior claiming that it is seeking the legal form,” add these same sources who assure that this issue always ends up being a matter of discussion.

The Government Delegation denies that the Ministry of the Interior has rejected “the delivery by the Community of Madrid of homes to the State Security Forces and Bodies.” “The Community of Madrid wants to become a landlord of the State Security Forces and Bodies, charging a specific rent to public servants. However, the regulations and agreements signed by GIESE must entail the free transfer of the property to the State so that the It can be made available to public servants, without charging them any rent, “they add from the Delegation.

On the Housing law that the central government is preparing, Sergio Osorio prefers not to comment and limits himself to stating that the problem of rental prices is real. As explained to this drafting, the minimum salary of an agent -without three years and without supplements for the type of unit to which they are destined- is about 1,900 euros net per month, while the average salary in Spain is around the 1,400. “We find that almost half of the salary goes into rent,” he says. “We end up living in municipalities like Parla or Getafe where we are paying rents of about 800 euros the lowest, and always because we negotiate and the owners end up renting us for less than what they ask for because we give them security, otherwise it would be more,” he explains. It is not the same renting in Lorca or in Soria, to give a few examples, where you can have a flat of 300 euros to face a rent of 800 euros. We are talking about a difference of 500-600 euros per month “, he defends.

From the Spanish Confederation of Police, they have been demanding rental aid for agents stationed in Madrid for years, says Sergio Osorio. “We demand incentives that help the wages we have to match the rent,” he says. And he adds: “We ask for help that can be through a cheaper rent or everything that entails improving the companions so that they want to be here”, a region, he defends, that has become “impossible” to live.

In the case of the police, Ayuso has committed the direct intervention of the Community in the short term, without waiting for the invisible hand market, low taxes and land deregulation solve the problem in the long run.