The spirit of Sigüenza
The latest census of the INE, made public this week, certifies that 26 provinces are still losing population. Some, heartbreaking. This is the case of Soria: 88,600 inhabitants,
The latest census of the INE, made public this week, certifies that 26 provinces are still losing population. Some, heartbreaking. This is the case of Soria: 88,600 inhabitants, only 3,000 more than Ceuta; Teruel (134,572) and Segovia (153,342). Guadalajara is not included in this lacerating ranking because of the effect caused by the proximity to Madrid in the growth of the Henares Corridor. But three quarters of this Castilian province are on the road to extinction . And that taking into account that gangrene is even more serious, given that the population is in fact much lower than the right. Perhaps because of the alarm generated by this reality, the forum on rural development and the depopulation that hosted the Parador de Sigüenza, the city of "extensive hamlets" and "crenellated towers" that Baroja described in La nave de los locos, was also of interest. . Organized by the newspaper Nueva Alcarria -icon of the provincial press- and the network of local groups, the day had the virtue of running away from clichés and victimhood to settle in viable and affordable proposals embodied in a manifesto that synthesizes the ideas we put on the table who participated in the presentations.
A key aspect of this list of demands concerns taxation, which has become a transversal demand in emptied Spain. Reduce five points the IRPF and 10 the Tax of Societies , in compensation for the expensive of the transport; and lower the VAT to 0% for the products of first necessity are some of the proposed measures. A businessman who risks his investment in the Paseo de La Castellana can not pay the same taxes as in a remote village , hence the suggestion to rebate the 50% share of rural self-employed people. To this we must add a bonus of 25% on installed power and energy consumed in the receipt of electricity, a real broadband, the effective extension of co-ownership in agricultural holdings to bring out the weight of women , economic incentives for the civil servants and the reform of the Law of Territorial Organization and of the Urbanistic Activity (Lotau) to facilitate the installation of companies. The decalogue also calls for the end of the transfer of the Tajo to Segura, which has sunk the population in the headwaters.
The spirit of Sigüenza , germinated around a pragmatic approach, far from maximalisms , poses a reasonable roadmap. What is still lacking is the political will to stop the demographic drain.
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