Thursday 15th April 2021 | XÀBIA AL DÍA; translation MIKE SMITH
The Alicante Provincial Council (Diputación) has announced that it has already distributed the 14.7 million euros of aid to all town councils in the province, the provincial contribution to the Generalitat Valenciana’s 400 milion euro Plan RESISTIR package to support business sectors most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sebastián Cañadas, provincial deputy for Economic and Productive Sectors, explained that “all the councils in Alicante have received their respective funding amounts directly” and accused the president of the Generalitat Valenciana, Ximo Puig, of “lying” in his declaration made during the PSEO’s National Executive Commission that the Provincial Council was responsible for the delay in the aid reaching the people.
“Ximo Puig lies because provincial aid has already been received in all the town councils of the province. We believe that he has done this intentionally to hide the fact that it is the Generalitat Valenciana itself which is forcing town councils to borrow money by having opted to make its own contribution to the Plan RESISTIR effective from May”.
He added that such as policy has put many municipalities in serious trouble by being forced to apply for loans to meet their obligations to support businesses in their communities which have been suffering from the effects of the pandemic and the restrictive measures to combat its spread.