Benidorm residents who took advantage of a scheme announced earlier this month to help with energy bills can expect to receive payments of least €50.
A total of €300,000 had been allocated to the scheme by the local authority and the Alicante Provincial Council.
Benidorm Mayor, Toni Pérez—pictured above speaking to an elderly Benidorm resident—said:
This new aid aims to prevent energy poverty. At a time when the cost of the average shopping basket continues to rise, and month after month energy prices escalate, there is great economic uncertainty and it is vital we support our senior citizens who have been the mainstay in many moments of crisis.
If not all of the €300,000 is applied for the remainder will be distributed amongst all the beneficiaries and the single payment of €50 will be increased to a maximum of €100.
Applicants had to be over 65 and have been registered in Benidorm for at least the last five years without interruption. They had to be the owner or tenant of a property intended for habitual residence.
if you hadn’t taken advantage of the scheme, I’m afraid you’ve missed the boat. The deadline for applications was August 26.
Why I didn’t apply for the payment
Although I am now on a very tight budget, having being summarily fired in January from a job I held for 24 years, I used this guide to reduce energy consumption and have managed to make significant savings. My average bill this year for an apartment with two bedrooms and two bathrooms is €63.68 a month. In the same period last year the average was €76.06. And my average bill for 2020 was €83.52.
Given the current energy crisis these figures show an impressive downward trend, so my feeling was that the money allocated by the authorities should go instead to people in greater need than I.
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