By John Smith • 17 March 2020 • 11:30
Formulating the special measures
Credit: Ayuntamiento de Marbella
A STATEMENT from Marbella Mayor Ángeles Muñoz has confirmed that the City Council has approved a number of measures intended to strengthen municipal social services and care for the most vulnerable people during the period of the state of alarm.
She underlined that the objective is “to protect these groups and prevent their situation from worsening” and confirmed that up to €500,000 in additional funds have now been budgeted for economic, social and emergency aid.
Whilst schools were open, a number of children received free lunches but with the closure, the council is arranging through the Syga Plan (Food Solidarity and Guarantees) in Marbella and San Pedro Alcantara for those children to be fed.
Cooking of lunches will be centralised at the Vicente Aleixandre School and cooks who normally worked in the schools will with the help of volunteers produce all that is needed and then the food will be delivered to those on the lists.
The elderly, especially those who live alone, will be contacted by the Red Cross and DYA volunteers association regularly to ensure that they are well, know that they are not alone in this difficult time and to find out whether they need food or other shopping.
In addition, the Red Cross will continue its support for the homeless and the council is trying to arrange hostel accommodation on a temporary basis as it is important that those without accommodation are isolated comfortably in accordance with the requirements of the state of alarm.
With enforced close proximity in the home, it is possible that outbreaks of domestic violence could occur and the council has asked both the National and Local Police to deal with such quickly and efficiently.
It was confirmed that certain services would continue as normal including Fire Brigade, Local Police and Civil Protection as would collection of rubbish, cleaning services and there would be a limited public service operating from 9am to noon in offices in Marbella, San Pedro, Nueva Andalucia and Las Chapas.
Telephone lines for the Delegation of Social Rights are;
Marbella and Las Chapas: 952 768 700
San Pedro and Nueva Andalucia: 952 768 735
Email: [email protected]
Telephone lines for the Delegation of Equality are;
Marbella: 952 768 769
San Pedro: 952 768 735
The Andalucian Institute for Women (IAM) 24-hour service is 900 200 999.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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