Xàbia opens office to advise those affected by COVID restrictions in the processing of all aid

The Council joins the regional Plan Resistir, whose first line dedicates 1.5 million to aid to self-employed workers and SMEs in the town.

Thursday 28th January 2021 | MIKE SMITH

Xàbia Council has begun to organize internally to give maximum flexibility to the processing of “Plan Resistir”, the initiative led by the Generalitat Valenciana to channel aid to Valencian companies, self-employed and workers from the sectors most affected by the pandemic .

According to the mayor, José Chulvi, the first line of aid is the so-called “PARÉNTESIS” which is specific for the self-employed and micro-companies most affected by the restrictions applied to face the COVID-19 pandemic and which translates into 1,576,807 euros for Xàbia. The plan will be financed between the regional government, the Alicante Provincial Council and Xàbia Council itself, which already has its contribution recorded.

Councilors Ximo Segarra (Treasury) and Montse Villaverde, who manages grants, will be the ones who, together with Chulvi, will be in charge of directing the implementation of this plan to support the local economy. In fact, work has already begun on the basis for the aid – with the advantage of having the experience of the other aid lines already offered by the Council – and with sufficient financial foresight to have the necessary funds.

Aware that the bureaucracy and complexity of the procedures sometimes dissuade people to go through the process of requesting aid, it has been decided to create a specific office with municipal staff available to advise those who need it.

The mayor wanted to convey his maximum support to all those who are suffering the consequences of the health crisis and has reiterated that they can count on the Council in everything that is viable.

Chulvi explained that the Generalitat Valenciana is committed to providing a fair solution to all those affected and therefore has planned several actions within the Plan Resistir, not only for employers, but also for the self-employed and workers who are on the ERTE scheme. These will be developed in the coming days and Xàbia has enough financial resources to participate in them. In fact, one of the first plenary agreements of the year was to reserve 1.5 million euros in anticipation of having to undertake this type of action.

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