Tuesday, December 1

The Torrevieja PP revives the “paguicas” for pensioners with a disbursement of € 534,000


Seniors on the benches of Torrevieja's Cura beach promenade in a file image.

Seniors on the benches of Torrevieja’s Cura beach promenade in a file image.
TONY SEVILLA

The government team of the Popular Party (PP) has just revived the “paguicas.” Individual aid from the City Council to the elderly. Practically on the same bases as when they were convened for the last time in 2016 by the previous coalition municipal government. Be over 60 years old, pensioner, be at least two years registered in Torrevieja, not being the owner of more than one home, not exceeding a minimum annual income of 11,279 euros (1.5 of the Public Indicator of Multiple Effects Income of 2019), -and being up to date with tax obligations-, it would be enough to qualify for a minimum payment 300 euros and the maximum is 400. The only substantial change with respect to the last call is that all applicants – there is a budget to deliver up to 1,700 of these grants that have a budget of 534,000 euros – must be processed through electronic administration by electronic means.

Something that paradoxically forces the City Council to double the bureaucracy. It will be the interested parties who will make the individual telematic request but the officials, in practice, will process them, before the electronic administration in a specific office opened for this purpose at the headquarters of the Center for the Third Age on Pedro Lorca Street. In addition, from the publication of the aid in the Official Gazette of the Province next Monday or Tuesday, the elderly will only have ten business days to request them. A deadline that the local government justified by the fact that the item to pay for them corresponds to the budget for this year 2020 and must be approved and delivered in the current year. This Friday they wanted to transfer the perception that both the requirements and the processing of the aid is simple.

But a glance at the bases and the necessary documentation – also to prove the virtual identity – suggests that the processing of paguicas is not the one of yesteryear, it is complicated and the civil servants are going to have work in the next weeks. The mayor of Torrevieja, Eduardo Dolon and the senior councilor, Immaculate Montesinos, announced at a press conference this boost “to municipal financial aid for the Third Age”, which the mayor himself recalled as “the paguicas.” For Dolón with this call, the Popular Party meets “One of the most important electoral commitments with the social sector of the city of Torrevieja”: 26,164 residents of the 86,400 registered in the city are over 60 years old, 30% of the total population. The mayor assured that the bases and the budget item are launched without any qualms on the part of the economic and legal area of ​​the City Council. The former mayor José Manuel Dolón (Los Verdes), who came to convene and grant one of the annuities, suspended them in 2017 using a report from the Government Subdelegation.

The mayor said that the current call shows that that suspension was not justified based on what the technical reports say now. The application form and the information on the necessary documentation is already available on the municipal website of the City Council, and access to the electronic headquarters will be enabled to formulate the application. The special service to register applications at Pedro Lorca’s House for the Third Age will be open from 9:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 18:00. The mayor said that the telematic presentation through is mandatory. The bases of the aid expressly indicate that while the containment measures that prevent the normal functioning of the attention to the public in the premises of the City Council are in force, “it is advisable” to submit electronically through the electronic headquarters but, qualify without “without prejudice to the right of natural persons to interact with the administration in the way they “wish, also in paper format”.

The evaluation commission of the applications for aid to the elderly for the 2017 annuity has been approved “recently” by the City Council, according to the mayor of the Third Age, Inmaculada Montesinos. These are the aids with which the previous left-wing coalition government tried to replace the “paguicas.” The objective is that the municipality could award aid for specific and justified expenses – not in a generic way, due to the fact of being older and residing in Torrevieja as provided by the “paguicas” -, which the elderly would have made during that annuity. For example, adaptation for the accessibility of homes, hearing aids, orthopedics and optics, among others. The grants were much more important in amount than the paid ones, but the bureaucratic procedures and the requirements to be overcome were much more demanding. Only slightly more than 80 requests were requested. And they haven’t been paid yet. More than three years have passed. The family of one of the elderly beneficiaries submitted a complaint for this delay to the Receivership of Torts of the Valencian Community – the Valencian Ombudsman – because they knew that the procedure was correct but it was not paid. The Sindicatura indicated to the mayor of Torrevieja, Eduardo Dolón, that the delay in the final approval of the applications was unjustified. The mayor argued that the evaluation committee had not been able to meet so far this year.

A controversial delivery in hand, already a thing of the past

Eduardo Dolón also clarified, without having been asked before, that the scene of the delivery of the paguicas in hand by the mayor or the councilor, with queues and waits, which generated so much controversy during his first term, and that they were inherited from the The management of Pedro Hernández, who established aid in the 1990s, is a thing of the past. Delivery will be made by bank transfer. Although for this call it would not have been possible either due to the restrictions imposed to stop coronavirus infections.

The eighty requests for 2017 will now be credited

The PP authorizes the payment of the subsidy to seniors from the previous government after receiving a complaint from the Síndic

The evaluation commission of the applications for aid to the elderly for the 2017 annuity has been approved “recently” by the City Council, according to the mayor of the Third Age, Inmaculada Montesinos. This is the aid with which the previous left-wing coalition government tried to replace the “paguicas.” The objective is that the municipality could award a grant for specific and justified expenses – not in a generic way, due to the fact of being older and residing in Torrevieja as provided by the “paguicas” -, which the elderly would have made during that annuity. For example, adaptation for the accessibility of homes, hearing aids, orthopedics and optics, among others.

The grants were much more important in amount than the paid ones, but the bureaucratic procedures and the requirements to be overcome were much more demanding. They were only requested just over 80 requests. And they haven’t been paid yet. More than three years have passed. The family of one of the elderly beneficiaries submitted a complaint for this delay to the Receivership of Torts of the Valencian Community – the Valencian Ombudsman – because they knew that the procedure was correct but it was not paid. The Sindicatura indicated to the mayor of Torrevieja, Eduardo Dolón, that the delay in the final approval of the applications was unjustified. The mayor argued that the evaluation commission had not been able to meet so far this year.

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