Velez-Malaga raises welfare budget

INCREASED FUNDING: Has demonstrated commitment.

VELEZ-MALAGA Council increased its 2016 welfare budget by 39 per cent to €2.57 million, up by €776,262 from 2015.

The council’s head of social welfare and equality, Zoila Martín, said, “since the start of this government, our commitment to social policies has been demonstrated by this increase in funding, which has allowed us to meet citizens’ needs.”  She added Velez-Malaga had been recognised by the State Association of Directors and Managers of Socials Services as being one of only 12 municipalities in Spain recognised as having excellence in social investment. 

Ms Martin said that funding for emergency social assistance had increased from “€294,000 to €329,064, which has made it possible to assist 800 families.”  She added that last year, €92,090 was provided for food, €234,208 for the payment of rent and mortgages and €39,472 for other items such as pharmaceutical expenses or travel expenses.

Children were also helped, with 308 treated as part an intervention project to tackle school absenteeism, 37 involved in an in-class project to solve family problems and 67 received family counselling.

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