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Madrid with shock plan to face the social challenges caused by Covid-19

It sets the ground for urgent reforms in the social services

  • April 17, 2020 17:30
  • Author Aseniya Dimitrova
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In the face of the unprecedented social challenges caused by the coronavirus, Madrid announces swift actions to amend the situation. On Thursday, the City Council of the Spanish capital presented a shock plan previewing urgent reform of social services in three axes: families, the elderly and equality.

Due to the coronavirus crisis, between 47,000 and 93,000 Madrid residents will have difficulties in acquiring food, estimates the local authority. The shock plan will, therefore, carry out reforms, so as to equip the city council with the tools that it needs in order to be closer to its citizens.

Focusing on three topics

When it comes to families, the authority will focus on eliminating bureaucratic obstacles so that the most vulnerable receive emergency aid quickly. The mechanism of the 'family card' will be definitively implemented. Also, social service centres will start reopening as of next week.

For the elderly, the attention will be on locating and avoiding risk situations through a detection mechanism in each district and through the installation of a social worker to each municipal senior centre. This way these spaces will also allow detecting and attending situations of vulnerability and will assure the continuity of the implementation of the project against unwanted loneliness and advanced telecare.

Also, the plan previews the activation of services for the elderly that were suspended in recent weeks as a precaution against the spread of the virus. Hence, the cleaning activities of the Domestic Help Service will be resumed while non-urgent discharges in telecare will be activated.

Finally, the plan against the social crisis in Madrid will continue to promote equality and will focus on 'single-parent' families, on older women who have non-contributory pensions and on immigrant women, who show a high rate of precariousness.

Hopefully, the local authority will manage to prove efficient in mitigating the effects of the crisis in the hardest-hit by COVID-19 part of Spain.

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