Benidorm injects €2 million into new aid related to waste disposal charges and a Christmas window dressing competition


November 27, 2020
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Business that had to close due to the state of alarm will receive direct aid equivalent to 25% of the receipt paid for waste treatment

The mayor, Toni Pérez, has announced two new economic measures with which the Benidorm City Council is going to inject "€2 million directly into the productive fabric" of the city and which are linked to the receipt of garbage and Christmas window dressing . Each of these measures, aimed at alleviating the social and economic effects of the Covid-19 health crisis, will be allocated "one million euros"; resources that are mobilised from “different items of the municipal budget, mainly related to current spending”.

Toni Pérez has reported that in the next few days the rules that will regulate "new direct aid aimed at all the establishments that were forced to close due to the declaration of the state of alarm or other subsequent regulations will be approved." The amount of this direct aid will correspond to "25% of the amount paid by the business in the receipt of this year's waste collection."

The mayor has clarified that "by regional regulations, these direct aids are incompatible with those granted by the Generalitat on the occasion of Covid-19 because that is how the autonomous aid themselves established it." They are compatible, however, with the different grants granted by the City Council.

The other million euros that the City Council will mobilise before the end of the year will be channeled through the 27th Christmas Window Dressing Contest. As the mayor recalled, traditionally the contest includes prizes of €3,000, €2,000 and €1,000, to which this year "adds an access of €350 for all participating establishments" whether they are "commercial, hotel, hospitality, restaurant or any service ”.

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The business that had to close due to the state of alarm will receive direct aid equivalent to 25% of the receipt paid for waste treatment. Toni Pérez has pointed out that "we hope that the usual participation, which is usually around two hundred, will multiply until reaching 2,500 business, whether they are open or not", thus contributing to the Christmas decorations installed by the City Council and "giving life to the city ”.

Regarding this measure, he pointed out that this formula will allow reaching the “establishments that have not been able to access the many grants generated by the Benidorm City Council, or those generated at the time by the Autonomous Community and the State, as the beneficiaries have pending the satisfaction of debts with some Administration, the majority contracted in these moments of difficulty, such as self-employment fees ”. 

This week all the procedures will be completed to launch the direct aid related to the receipt of garbage, and to open the registration period for the Window Dressing Contest.

The €2 million that will be mobilised before the end of the year for both measures, are added to the close to 2.4 already granted in aid to families, as well as the money provided for aid to the self-employed, SMEs, companies and commerce; to the €120,000 reserved for aid to the taxi sector and the €200,000 that have been earmarked for aid to the retail trade and which were contributed by the Alicante Provincial Council.

The mayor has advanced that "in the near future we will communicate more measures to alleviate the economic situation of families and the productive fabric of Benidorm".