BENIDORM Town Hall released the first €1 million in ‘direct individual aid.’
This is the first phase of €4 million that will be used to alleviate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the local population, declared Benidorm’s mayor Toni Perez.
He has now passed on to Opposition councillors details of the necessary steps for applying for aid and allocation procedures, Perez announced recently.
There will be monthly aid of €200 for each needy household, plus €50 for each additional member.
This means that a two-member household would receive €250, with €300 for families with three members and €350 for those with four.
Applicants should have been registered on the municipal Padron for at least one year, to be out of work and affected by an ERTE furlough order.
Those whose working day has been reduced in order to provide care or whose income has disappeared during the State of Alarm are also eligible.
This financial help is payable for a maximum of three months and can be applied for between the date when the conditions have been published in the Official Provincial Bulletin and June 30.
Speaking at a telematic press conference, the mayor explained that town halls may now allocate 20 per cent of the net amount of their 2019 Budget surplus to cover social needs linked to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In Benidorm’s case, this amounts to €1.4 million and €1 million has now been made available to the town hall’s Family and Childhood department, with the remaining €424,621 due to follow shortly.