VELEZ-MALAGA families who are experiencing trouble are to receive a financial boost from the town council.
Those families at risk of social exclusion are to benefit from a new regulation approved on Friday (August 28) at a plenary session, which is to include amongst emergency aid the basic services of electricity and water, to help poorer residents afford their bills and avoid being cut off.
The document, which was approved unanimously, also covers food and the provision of a home in cases where families have lost their property, together with transport costs to medical centres, pharmaceutical costs and others.
Even though the final draft was proposed by the Social Services councillor, the modification was a result of a threat by opposition party Izquierda Unida (IU), whose members said back in July that they would cease to support the minority three-way local government, made up by PSOE, PA and GIPMTM from Torre del Mar, if they did not pass a law to guarantee minimum services for families in need.
Now families’ bills will be paid for by the council, with a maximum help of three consecutive bills and up to €300.