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Financial aid to guarantee basic food supply

Judy Garrett Judy Garrett  •  2024-05-23  •  No comments  •  City  • 

Investment project code: 3

Social emergency financial aid is not just welfare benefits. They form part of the benefits implemented by the social protection system to overcome situations of social difficulty. In accordance with the provisions of Law 11/2003 on Social Services, these economic benefits, together with the techniques and materials, will be the actions carried out to achieve, re-establish or improve their welfare.

Based on data from the National Statistics Institute's Living Conditions Survey, it is estimated that 1% of the inhabitants of the municipality of "cannot afford a meal of meat, chicken or fish at least every two days", some 32,000 people. If we take into account that less than 14,000 people receive the Minimum Income of Insertion, we see that the population that cannot afford a basic diet is more than double that which receives economic aid from the Autonomous Community. This shows that the Community's aid does not reach all the people who need it either.

In recent years, night-time queues of people waiting to pick up waste from supermarkets have become commonplace in working-class neighbourhoods. New neighbourhood food collection and distribution networks have also emerged, a clear symptom of the inadequacy of public policies and the overflow of traditional NGOs.

We consider that Participatory Budgets can be an opportunity to reach objectives of coverage of needs not reached until now, and to offer a definitive support to people and families that do not reach their autonomy and well-being because the existing aids are not sufficient.

Our proposal consists of fully allocating the 30 million euros of the Participatory Budgets to an economic aid programme to eradicate food poverty in the city. This would mean contributing 0.6% of the City Council Budget to satisfy a basic need of 1% of the population, the most vulnerable.

We invite you to massively support this proposal to eradicate this social stigma and as a way of demonstrating to Public Administrations that what citizens demand in the first place is that basic human rights be guaranteed.

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