The Councilor for Social Rights, Mariano Valera, reminded all the residents of Elche that as of Monday, February 17, the period for requesting payment aids for the water and sewerage receipt is opened thanks to the Social Water Fund 2020 and of the new Social Sewer Fund. This fund of the joint venture Aigües d’Elx is a resource of the Department of Social Rights to support families that are in a situation of social exclusion and economic precariousness.
Valera has also recalled that this year the consignment for these grants has increased by 100,000 euros, so in 2020 the grants will reach 350,000 euros. With this amount the government team intends to help more than 4,200 families to pay the water bill.
The councilman said that last year 4,500 applications were submitted, of which 4,120 were approved. The rest were denied because they exceeded the maximum income indicated to request this help. In addition, he has also declared that a total of 849 of the approved files were derived by social workers.
This initiative helps to long-term unemployed, pensioners and large families. The rest of the people who want to access the aid have as reference the IPREM in 14 payments of 7,519 euros and other special conditions, such as that there is a person with disabilities in the house or the applicant is part of the group of women victims of gender violence. The councilor has clarified that this year there will be a unique opportunity to request this aid, which begins on Monday, February 17 and will end on April 3, 2020.