More help for Benidorm’s beleaguered

More help
SOCIAL SPENDING: A 50 per increase for Benidorm’s needy Photo credit: Zarateman

BENIDORM town hall’s Social Welfare department promised a 50 per cent increase for the Prestaciones Economics Individuales (PET) emergency fund.

This will help to cover needs that crop up between now and the end of this year.

“The Covid-19 health crisis has considerably increased the urgent cases that are covered by this kind of help,” Social Welfare councillor Angela Llorca revealed.


“The entire allocation was used up by July, even though this was €75,000 more than we spent in 2019,” she said.

“We have made a Budget modification to inject another €230,000 into the PET fund, which is going up from €450,000 to €680,000.”

Llorca went on to explain that the extra cash has come from funds set aside for the fourth phase of plans to remodel the old Hogar del Camarada building.

“Our priority is assisting vulnerable members of the population, people who have been experiencing hardship,” the councillor said.

“We decided to delay the project and dedicate these funds to social purposes as we did when the municipality launched its aid plan to help ease the effects of Covid-19 on local families.”

Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.


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