City Council extends resources to ensure children’s basic food needs are covered
The Government Commission today analysed the map of available resources to address difficulties covering basic food needs, in particular those of the city’s youngsters. Various agreements were reached to ensure basic needs are met both over summer and in the next school year, including the decision to allocate between 2.5 and 4 million euros extra to an emergency children’s fund.
The fund for emergency social grants was created this year and caters for vulnerable families with children under 16, who receive a monthly subsidy of 100 euros up to a maximum of 1,200 euros per year per child. Up until June, a total of 7,609 grants have been awarded, completely using up the original allocation of funds. Some 2,000 applications are still pending payment and a further 2,500 are in the adjudication process.
The process to identify and detect basic food needs among school children will also be improved to ensure the coordination between educational centres and social and health services. Families which may need help will be interviewed to guarantee basic needs are covered over the summer months.
Another measure is to boost, without a specific budget limit, the funds available for grants for summer activities. Likewise, eligibility criteria for school dining hall grants will be revised and extended for the next school year, improving the administrative system to manage the process more efficiently throughout the year.
At the same time, the Targeta Barcelona Solidària card scheme will be bolstered as an instrument to ensure that basic food needs of vulnerable families are met. The budget for the scheme will be increased.
Colau names new commissioners
The Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, also named new comissioners today, including the creation of the Commissioner for Strategic Studies and Memory Programmes, with Xavier Domènech at the helm, and naming the current director of public activity at the Reina Sofia museum, Berta Sureda, head of culture.
In the second meeting of Barcelona City Council’s Government Commission, the new local executive also named the Commissioner for Commerce, Consumer Affairs and Markets as Miquel Ortega, Doctor in Environmental Sciences at the UAB, and the Commissioner for Health, as Gemma Tarafa, Doctor in Molecular Biology and public health researcher. Jordi Via, with studies in Economic Science, is the new Commissioner for Social Economy and Solidarity.