Last minute rescue for Benidorm occupational centre

DOBLE AMOR, Benidorm’s occupational day centre for those with learning difficulties, has been saved despite a €150,000 black hole in its finances.

The centre, which was founded 44 years ago, faced closure if its outstanding debts of €150,000 were not settled. The financial situation was “dramatic,” admitted the board of governors, and had been made worse by the regional government’s introduction of a co-payment scheme obliging its 55 users to pay monthly sums ranging from €250 to €450.

The local town hall stepped in, with the backing of all political parties, and arranged a €150,000 grant allowing the centre to remain open.

This guarantees its short-term survival but the town hall wants to go a step further, said Mayor Agustin Navarro. All councillors agreed that the centre had also had management problems for years and ways should be found of participating directly in its running.

All options suggested by his own party as well as the PP, the Liberals and Benidorm’s non-aligned councillor would be studied, Navarro said.

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