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ECONOMIC REACTIVATION MEASURES

Check out all the resources available to individuals and families for tackling the COVID-19 crisis: subsidies and other economic measures for individuals and families in Barcelona, guidance and support and other measures for enjoying culture and leisure safely in the city.

FINANCIAL AID

  • From September 2020, the City of Barcelona will have a child-minding service. Project Concilia, which is being launched this September as a pilot project, will run continuously for five months, until 31 January, with the aim of facilitating people's work-life balance in low-income areas of the city that are part of the Neighbourhoods Plan.

    For this reason, the new service will be open from 8 am to 8 pm, seven days a week. Special attention will be given to applications from low-income, single-parent families that do not have a strong community network.

    Each of the six venues will have the capacity to accept between 6 and 8 children per hour, aged between 3 and 12. They will be managed by around twenty full-time educators. The new service will be offered in six areas included in the Neighbourhoods Plan:

    • La Verneda i la Pau: La Pau Neighbourhood Centre.
    • El Besòs i el Maresme: Besòs Neighbourhood Centre.
    • Trinitat Vella: Trinitat Vella Civic Centre.
    • Raval Sud: pending confirmation.
    • La Marina: Sala Pepita Casanelles.
    • Zona Nord: in the morning the Ciutat Meridiana Children Centre facilities will be used, and in the afternoon, the Zona Nord Civic Centre.

     

  • The Barcelona Housing Consortium has published its new 2020 call for applications for home-renovation subsidies, with a total budget of €20.5 million which includes several lines of subsidies: common parts, dwelling interiors, renovation of buildings with vulnerable communities and specific areas.

    Besides pursuing the aim of improving the conditions of the city’s residential housing stock, it also focuses on more specific goals relating to the climate emergency, and post-COVID economic reflation.

    The 2020 call for applications for renovation subsidies is opening  five subsidy categories:

    1. Improving common parts with energy efficiency (€6.3 million)
    2. Subsidies of up to €4,000 for improving dwelling interiors (€3 million)
    3. Work on high-complexity properties (€6.2 million)
    4. Addition and renovation of flats for the city's rental housing pool (€2.5 million)
    5. Urban regeneration in Canyelles and the south-west of the Besòs (€2.5 million)

     

ADVICE

  • The intention of this guide was to create a document for analysing the problems specific to each type of cultural event or activity, in order to draw out a set of criteria enabling them to go ahead but adapted to the basic prevention and protection measures against the possible spread of COVID-19 infections.

  • The Responsible Consumption Space is promoting a new consumption culture, one that is aware and committed to having a positive effect on the quality of people’s lives and the environment. During lockdown, the team joined the virtual world to show city residents how to take action and rethink their ways of living and consuming, and thereby return to a "new normal" that puts life at the centre.

  • We provide personalised support for small enterprises, start-ups, self-employed individuals, shops and organisations from the social and solidarity economy so they can establish a strategic business plan that enables them to speed up the economic recovery in the post-COVID-19 context.

  • Expert support and assistance service offering young people aged between 16 and 35 work guidance and tools to help with their job hunting and employability.

  • To save time and travel, the IMH has launched a video-call service that enables users to inquire about frozen bank accounts, seized vehicles, tax-collection management, fines, taxes, rates and public-sector charges. Available only for procedures that cannot be carried out remotely.

  • This service puts experts in using ICTs and e-Government at the disposal of city residents, according to their needs, so that they can support them in their digital skills acquisition and thereby improve the quality of the use they make of ICTs.

  • A personalised support service for individuals in the process of job-hunting or professional improvement. This is an assistance service that offers initial information for guidance and job-hunting; it then refers the person concerned to the most appropriate service according to their needs.

    There will be a specific service for people under the age of 30 to supplement all the other programmes and services in place.

PROMOTION

  • Barcelona City Council will be turning the ground floor premises at the Palau de la Virreina (Rambla, 99), where the Rambles Ticket Office is located, into the new Citizen Culture Office, a new reception space for providing support and offering advice to the city’s cultural fabric.

  • To raise the profile of the values that are brought to the city by the local shopping and by restaurants and cafés, the City Council has launched this media campaign to give a boost to this sector which is essential for the city and has been badly hit by the pandemic.

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