Benidorm approves aid to companies, freelancers and businesses to alleviate the effects of Covid-19


July 17, 2020
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The Local Government Board (JGL) has approved the bases of aid aimed at companies, freelancers, SMEs and shops in Benidorm to alleviate the effects of the economic crisis resulting from Covid-19. The mayor, Toni Pérez, has reported that "the purpose of this aid is the recovery and maintenance of local commerce and the revitalisation of the productive fabric of Benidorm", minimizing as far as possible "the economic impact derived from the emergency situation health caused by Covid-19 ”.

Toni Pérez explained that these municipal grants are compatible with those announced by the Generalitat Valenciana, as the autonomous administration itself has certified. Specifically, the bases were sent on 8th June to the Valencian Generalitat, which last Friday, 10th July, reported on the changes to be made to make them compatible with regional aid; changes that have already been introduced in the grants that are approved today. 

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The mayor recalled that "the City Council has allocated €2.6 million for this aid package", of which "€1.5 million is already available". Aid aimed at freelancers or companies with a maximum of 10 workers and whose amount "ranges between 500 and 1,000 euros depending on the condition that the decree of the state of alarm caused on their activity."

The aid will amount to €1,000 euros for those who were affected by the closure of establishments; to €750 for those who saw their turnover reduced by at least 40% between 14t March  19th April compared to the average of the previous six months or the period of registration of the activity; and €500 euros applicants who have in turn been beneficiaries of municipal aid to families, for which the City Council has enabled a total of €1.4 million.

The mayor has clarified that these grants are aimed at individuals and legal entities, companies or communities of goods that carry out a commercial activity or the delivery of goods and the provision of services in Benidorm, including the self-employed who "are subject to a professional mutual society" - group excluded in calls from other administrations-.

The processing of these grants will be done electronically through the Electronic Office ( https://sede.benidorm.org ) from the day after their publication in the Official Gazette of the Province and may be requested until 14th August at 23.59 hours. The call for aid will also be published in the National Subsidy Advertising System ( http://www.pap.minhap.gob.es/bdnstrans/index ), on the municipal bulletin board and on the municipal website.

The resolution of the aid will be published in turn on the Electronic Notice Board, with the expression of the Grant, indicating the identifying details of the beneficiary.