Coronavirus: Spain issues decree to help workers

Moratorium on mortgages, loans and bills, no evictions

31 March, 18:43

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, MARCH 31 - The Spanish government has issued a decree that halts evictions, introduces a moratorium on personal loans and bills, provides unemployment benefits. The measures were brought in as part of efforts to deal with the COVID-19 emergency. The decree was illustrated to the media on Tuesday by Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias and Economy Minister Nadia Calvino and attempts to help the most vulnerable categories and those suffering the most from the consequences of isolation.

    Temporary workers that have lost their jobs since the beginning of the emergency will receive 440 euros in aid from the government. The right to housing will be protected, they said, ''the trench inside of which the population can fight the virus, with a six-month halt to evictions and an extension to contracts that are expiring, as well as the implementation of zero-interest microcredit to pay rent that can be repaid after 6 years with a possible extension to 10 years''. There will also be a three-month moratorium on personal loans and mortgages, while for utility bills, Iglesisa said that ''no citizen will have their water, power, or gas cut during the emergency''. (ANSAmed).

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