Battle continues after fires

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BENITACHELL: Residents’ struggle isn’t over yet.

A GROWING number of people affected by the wildfires of early September are struggling to obtain adequate compensation from their insurance companies, it is claimed. A meeting on October 31 saw residents of Javea and Benitachell claim they had been offered financial compensation significantly below their estimations of the damage. Chief among the concerns is the prospect that many expats with poor Spanish skills or little experience navigating the bureaucratic system may lose out on money they are due. Many people of retirement age, who survive on pensions are at the mercy of the claims system and could face an uphill struggle if they are to be properly recompensed for their losses and damage. A movement is now afoot to ensure more collective working so people get a fair deal for themselves and the community as a whole.

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