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We can urge the plenary to guarantee access to Covid-19 social assistance to recipients without a bank account (22/05/2020)

To this day, banks are returning aid if the recipient does not match the account holder.

From the direction of social services of the Murcia City Council it has been ordered that if the recipient of the aid does not have a bank account, this aid cannot be processed.The pandemic increased poverty throughout our municipality and the most basic is at stake: the acquisition of food and the access and maintenance of a decent life.From the municipal group Podemos they assure that "we are in the social uci, at a critical point of the emergency, and we need an urgent and effective response from the City Council that does not leave anyone out."Councilor Clara Martínez Baeza forcefully states that "after the coronavirus health crisis, where resources have been deployed to strengthen a health system that was faltering on several sides, we now see how the virus of poverty and social devastation is spreading without any wall to contain it.

"One of the causes, they point out, is the fragile recovery from the 2008 crisis, which has once again hit thousands of people who were beginning to see the light.

"We need an urgent shock plan that leaves no one behind for any reason," they say from the municipal group Podemos."The sad reality is that the Murcia City Council's social services department has ordered that if the recipient of the aid does not have a bank account, or if the recipient does not match the name of the holder, this aid cannot be processed, which perpetuates the defenselessness of these people and their eternal indisposition to access help that brings them closer to a decent life, "declares Clara Martínez Baeza.The training ensures that this situation violates the legal security of the recipients and the non-observance of municipal regulations in this matter also violates the Principle of Legality, while discriminating against the most vulnerable.

People without access to a bank account are guaranteed in municipal regulations access to any type of aid through the "endorsement", which for years has not been a problem to use."The Murcia City Council cannot forget that maintaining a bank account when there is no payroll involves a series of expenses that are unaffordable when there is no income, and it is not uncommon for families with difficulties to centralize domiciliations in a single account", analyzed from the municipal group Podemos.For all this, they require the government team to proceed urgently to access such aid to recipients without a bank account through the "endorsement" as stated in article 3 of the Regulatory Ordinance of municipal economic aid to the care of social needs.

Source: Podemos-Equo

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