By Tara Rippin •
Published: 13 Mar 2020 • 19:22
SELF-EMPLOYED workers infected with coronavirus, or in forced quarantine will be eligible for financial aid.
The Spanish Government has approved measures which will come as a relief to many after Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez today announced the country is in a state of alert, with regions brace themselves for total lockdowns
The pledge of support is reportedly ‘unlimited’ and will mean that self-employed workers who are forced to stay at home will be considered in the same way as employees on official sick leave by the Department of Social Security.
Employers and people who work on a freelance basis will be able to postpone their Social Security payments for three consecutive months in areas and sectors which will be outlined by the health authorities. The contributions will be deferred for 12 months.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
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