ALTEA Town Hall has launched a campaign to persuade and remind residents to register on the padron.
Although this also affects the Spanish population, it is especially aimed at the town’s foreign-born residents, explained Mari Lavios, councillor responsible for Participation and Foreign Residents.
Those from countries within the European Union who have previously registered on the Padron nevertheless still need to confirm that they are still resident every five years. Those from other countries should do so at two-yearly intervals, Lavios said.
“It is very important that the local population realises the importance of registering,” the councillor stressed. “Our subsidies and allocations from the central government depend on the municipal Padron.
The number of registered residents directly affects street cleaning, citizens’ services and social services amongst other things, all of which need to be proportionate to the real size of the town’s population.”