Victim of energetic poverty: "I lived 20 days with candles, with my two children, one of them dependent"

 

 

I cooked with a gas camping thing and my children got sick. It was midwinter

Sandra could not stop crying when she saw the case of Rosa, the old woman from Reus who died after a fire that caused a candle. “I had an ugly, ugly time.” She knew what it was like to have power cut off due to non-payment . Between December 2 015 and January 2016 he lived with his children 20 days without light and without water. “More than once the candle fell on me, I cooked with a gas camping thing and my children got very sick, it was midwinter.”

Sandra’s light was cut “without warning”, despite her situation of extreme vulnerability: she had no income, she is a victim of sexist violence and has two dependent children, one of whom is disabled, after “so much struggle and thanks to the advice of the Alliance against Energy Poverty (APE) “, lives in a flat for victims of gender violence in Barcelona and helps those who suffer the energy drama.

“Information is everything, that your life depends on electricity when you can not pay is like living under the slavery of a great monster, ” says this 41-year-old immigrant from Argentina, the information she refers to and which according to her “saved his life”, is the Catalan law against energy poverty, an autonomous rule, unique in the national territory, which prohibits making power cuts to people in situations of vulnerability, however, cases such as the old Reus, has questioned its compliance by suppliers.

“Now I have a debt with Endesa of 500 euros, which was suspended for a year, but I still claim it. Now I am in court, “he explains.

“It is a sinvivir, the great electricians can have dominion in your life”

The last winter was not the first cut that Sandra lived , with the consequent expense that entails the new activation of the supply: “In each court they charge you 30 euros. You call a pay phone, nobody takes care of you, you speak a machine and they play you little music. ” “Then you spend what you do not have to pay for the re- engagement and wait, return to claim. It is a sinvivir. The big electric can cut the light and have dominion in your life, “he says.

It is of an absolute coldness. They make you feel guilty about not having money. Did I deserve to be like this?

Sandra criticizes the lack of information on the part of the energy companies: “As one does not know … Until I found the APE and they advised me. Not even the electricity supplier informs you of the help you have. It is as if everything was a taboo subject. We have to have a right to know what options we have when we are in this situation. It is of an absolute coldness. They make you feel guilty about not having money . Did I deserve to be like this? “

After being evicted for not being able to pay the rent, she lives in an emergency floor of the Barcelona City Council, with an aid of 426 euros per month, an economic amount that makes her live in a precarious situation, but with something more of tranquility: “Now I have some peace”.

Now Sandra uses her experience to help others in her situation : “I meet a lot of people who have this problem, the soup kitchen is full of people with this situation”.

“I’m telling it, I had a very bad time, will this be nothing? I do not know, but to pass, it happens … every day, to a lot of people “.

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The aid to modernize tourist infrastructures in C-LM will range between 300,000 euros and 6 million

The aid to modernize tourist infrastructures in C-LM will range between 300,000 euros and 6 million

The Official Gazette of Castilla-La Mancha (DOCM) published on Friday an Order of the Ministry of Employment and Economy, which regulates and calls the line of financing from the State’s Financial Fund for the Modernization of Tourism Infrastructure ( Fomit) for the year 2014 in the territorial area of ​​Castilla-La Mancha, which includes loans that may reach an amount of 100 percent of the bankable net investment, with a maximum limit of six million euros and a minimum of 300,000 euros per beneficiary and year.
 

The Official Gazette of Castilla-La Mancha (DOCM) published on Friday an Order of the Ministry of Employment and Economy, which regulates and calls the line of financing from the State’s Financial Fund for the Modernization of Tourism Infrastructure ( Fomit) for the year 2014 in the territorial area of ​​Castilla-La Mancha, which includes loans that may reach an amount of 100 percent of the bankable net investment, with a maximum limit of six million euros and a minimum of 300,000 euros per beneficiary and year.

This is included in the Order published by the Official Gazette of Castilla-La Mancha and includes Europa Press, which regulates this line of financing, which is included in the ‘Spanish Horizon 2020 Tourism Plan’ and in the ‘National and Comprehensive Plan of Tourism 2012-2015 ‘, as well as in the set of initiatives to achieve its implementation that are made from the tourist administration of Castilla-La Mancha.

Another novelty that contemplates this call is that the tourist companies of Castilla-La Mancha that develop performances in mature tourist destinations will be able to access the line of financing with charge to the Fomit for the year 2014.

Mature tourist destinations are considered those that are characterized by the existence of an offer and some tourist resources determined by an urban and environmental overload, an overexploitation of resources, an obsolescence of tourist facilities, a scarce investment of the private tourism sector, and a tourism supply and demand stabilized or decreasing.

MODERNIZATION

The renovation and modernization plans of the mature tourist destinations developed in parallel by local administrations and by private tourism companies will be financially supported under the Fomit.

Public investment projects developed by a local entity in its territorial scope will be eligible provided that, in this area, there are investments from the private tourism sector that are developed in parallel with public ones and whose net amount represents at least thirty percent of the amount that it is intended to finance.

It will be understood that private investments are developed in parallel with public investments when they are framed in the context of prior public planning or there is a clear identity of proposals and purposes aimed at the modernization of the mature destination.

Only investments from the private tourism sector, which started from the year prior to the submission of the application (January 1, 2013) and whose execution has not been completed, will be computable.

The expansion, repair, renovation, replacement or remodeling of equipment and investments aimed at recovering the environmental and scenic quality of the destinations and reducing the urban density of the tourist areas or facilitating the modernization of tourist destinations will be eligible for Fomit.

BENEFICIARIES

The local entities, as well as the local autonomous bodies, the local public business entities and the local mercantile companies, may be beneficiaries of the loans granted by Fomit.

Private tourist companies that develop their main activity in mature tourist destinations in the territory of Castilla-La Mancha, which have fiscal domicile in the region and which are registered in the General Registry of companies and tourist establishments will also benefit.

Loans that benefit private tourism companies may reach an amount of up to one million euros, provided that the amount of the loan to be granted does not exceed the amount of the company’s net worth at the time of the application.

The financial conditions of the loans will be granted under the terms established under the State Financial Fund for the Modernization of Tourist Infrastructures for the period 2014-2015.

The deadline for submitting applications will begin on the day following the publication of this order and will end on October 31, 2014. The deadline for issuing and notifying the resolution to beneficiary entities ends on January 31, 2015, and communicate to the Secretary of State for Tourism, the competent body to agree on the disposition of the funds that comprise the Fomit.

 

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