The territorial delegate of Regeneration, Justice and Local Administration in Almería, José Luis Delgado, has visited the works that the Town Council is carrying out in Suflí in a municipal building to be used for cultural purposes, an action subsidised with 30,000 euros by the Regional Ministry directed by Juan Marín. Delgado stressed the importance of “helping small municipalities to improve their public facilities in order to combat depopulation”.
Thus, the Regional Ministry of Tourism, Regeneration, Justice and Local Administration has been a pioneer in giving priority to localities at risk of depopulation in the distribution of a line of subsidies for public infrastructure, of which Suflí has been the beneficiary.
During his visit to the town, in which he met with the mayor, Raúl Guirao, he highlighted “the commitment of this government, and especially of the vice-president, Juan Marín, to municipalism” and stressed the need to help local administrations to undertake projects that they would not be able to do alone with their own resources.
Thus, he recalled the importance of the Programme for the Promotion of Agricultural Employment (PFEA), which is co-financed by the Junta together with the SEPE and the Provincial Councils. This year, the Regional Ministry is contributing 8,437.50 euros to the paving and adaptation of public spaces in the municipality.
Together with the local councils in exceptional circumstances
Delgado defended the “closeness” of the Regional Ministry of Local Administration to local councils, “especially when exceptional circumstances arise which they cannot cope with with their scarce financial resources”. The Suflí Town Council recently received a grant of 17,148.95 euros to repair the damage caused by heavy rains in Altillo Street.
Also last year, in front of the COVID, the Junta deployed an extraordinary fund to help all municipalities with less than 5,000 inhabitants to pay for the purchase of protective equipment and hygienic-sanitary material as well as to reinforce the cleaning and disinfection services. Suflí was one of the localities that received these funds, specifically 7,969.07 euros.