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Catalan government to offer €200 grant to workers hit by health crisis

Emergency payment aimed at people who have lost at least 30% of income can be applied for next week

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27 April 2020 05:06 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

The Catalan government announced on Monday that it will allocate 20 million euros to provide emergency grants of 200 euros to some 300,000 people who are still waiting to receive unemployment benefits. 

The payment will apply to people who have lost at least 30% of their income due to the health crisis, with the aim that the injection of cash is spent on basic necessities.

The emergency payment, which can be applied for online next week, is aimed at workers who have been temporarily or permanently laid off and self-employed people whose activity has fallen due to the crisis.

Barcelona offers one-off €300 grant

Also on Monday, Barcelona city council announced a grant of 300 euros for self-employed people who have seen their income fall by more than 75%, or who have been forced to close their establishment or business due to the Covid-19 crisis.

The Autòno+ Barcelona grant is aimed at those people who already receive the state aid payment of 661 euros and is a one-off payment that can be applied for on the council website from May 20.

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  • Work, social affairs and families minister Chakir el Homrani in parliament, April 24, 2020 (Parlament/Job Vermeulen)

  • Work, social affairs and families minister Chakir el Homrani in parliament, April 24, 2020 (Parlament/Job Vermeulen)

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