Some €22 million has been budgeted to promote economic recovery, modernise public spaces and create jobs in Elche on Spain’s Costa Blanca.
MAYOR Carlos González said the council has already pledged €5.6 million to deal with the social emergency and promote economic recovery, with a further €16 million earmarked.
“Thanks to this modification, we have set up the ‘Reactiva’T Elx’ aid for small businesses and self-employed workers; we have eliminated the table and chair tax; we have allocated more aid to pay property tax and water for the most vulnerable families and have increased the items for social emergency aid and food vouchers,” said González, adding that a further €1 million will be budgeted to “continue supporting trade, restaurants and hotels through rental aid”.
In addition, a significant investment will be made to reactivate public works “to generate wealth and employment”.
The Mayor said: “This year we plan to allocate more than €15 millionto works that, in addition to improving and modernising public spaces, will give a significant boost to the construction sector and, as a result, to job creation.”
González called for “political and social unity” to tackle the economic crisis arising from the health crisis and stressed the importance of consensus.
“This is not the time for tension, the general interest must be above party visions and I am convinced that united we will come out of this crisis”.