Alicante self-employed are set to receive millions in aid as part of Plan Resistir.
Alicante council will be injecting some 7.2 million euros into the economy. The money comes to help those who have suffered from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The money will be available as aid to those who are self-employed and also to small businesses in Alicante who have up to 10 workers.
The town council on Wednesday, July 14, approved grants of between 2000 and 4000 euros. The money will come from 6.8 million euros credit which is still available for the second part of Plan Resistir. The plan initially had over 11 million euros, but over 4 million euros in aid were given out in March after the plan was first launched. The number of applications that have been approved though exceeds the amount of money available. This means that the town hall will be supplementing the fund with a further 400,000 plus euros.
This additional money means that the town hall will be able to help the 3,112 self-employed people or small businesses who have had their applications approved.
Mari Carmen de España is the councillor responsible for the Local Development Agency, and is in charge of managing the aid. De España explained that the town hall will be paying out millions of euros in the next few days.
De España said that: “as this available amount does not cover all of the approved applications, Alicante City Council will supplement a further 410,987.63 euros needed to be able to attend to the 180 beneficiaries who have not been allocated, with the aim that the approved applications can be paid in full, for which the Budget Office of the Department of Finance has already been asked to start the necessary procedures so that they can be paid as soon as possible”.
She also added that: “with this second call for applications we are going to meet the objective of the Plan Resistir to address the economic emergency caused by the COVID in the local economy for which a credit of 11,145,766 euros was generated in aid provided by the Generalitat with 60%, the Diputación with 25% and the City Council with the remaining 15%”.
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