EXTRA HELP FOR VICTIMS OF ECONOMIC CRISIS
The full Orihuela council meeting (Plenary) in May voted for extra help for victims of the economic crisis. A municipal "soup kitchen" would be set up in Orihuela and charities such as CARITAS in Orihuela and Orihuela costa would benefit from additional budget support of €250,000. An additional amount of €400,000 would be directed to provide school meals for children in the municipal schools who do not benefit from existing schemes. Bob Houliston, C.L.A.R.O. Councillor, supporting the proposal, said that a municipal facility for serving hot meals was not essential in Orihuela Costa but CARITAS in Orihuela Costa must be a significant beneficiary of this extra finance. CARITAS resources on the coast are over stretched with their current support for 60 families providing supplies of basic foods plus financial assistance to pay utility bills. The minority Socialist and Green Party government voted against the proposal but said they would bring forward a proposal in June to increase financial support for charities helping the needy. We shall see!