STAFF REPORTER
ALTHOUGH Palma's budget will be slashed by 13.3 percent next year, aid to social organisations caring for the underprivileged, the infirm and destitute will be increased by 44.1 percent, said the city's Mayor, Aina Calvo yesterday.

Presenting the budget figures yesterday in the capital, the Mayor said that Palma's public spending will total 415 million euros in 2010, a figure which rises to 586 million if investment by public companies such as the water management and cleaning company “Emaya” are taken into account.

Calvo was adamant however, that the Council's responsibility to the less fortunate is as consistent as it has always been, and at a time of economic crisis, she has approved a major increase in funds to cover social emergencies and the needs of the housebound.

The Mayor said that she and her government team were well aware of the plight of the unemployed and as a result will be increasing funds set aside to help create employment and provide training by 36 percent. The other side of the coin for Calvo was of course, having to make cuts in other areas. “We have done this as sensitively as we can,” she claimed “under tremendously difficult economic circumstances.”

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