STAFF REPORTER
THE regional ministry for Employment has denied a grant to the central Majorcan “Raiguer” district to provide work to the long-term unemployed, a Balearic government spokesman confirmed yesterday.

The plan had been for the local town councils in the district to provide work to the jobless in public works and services. The refusal of government aid to fund the employment has generated bad feeling in the “Raiguer” because there are other areas of Majorca where the government has said “yes” to grants for creating jobs.

The “Raiguer” apparently has one of the highest concentrations of unemployment on Majorca, more than 8'000, nearly 10 percent of the population.
Jeroni Salom, Partido Popular (PP) Mayor for Binissalem said yesterday that he was taken aback when the ministry said that they weren't going to provide a single euro for the scheme. “What we don't want to do is get into arguments with those districts of the island which have been given grants because we realise that it is not they who are to blame for the government's refusal to give us a grant,” he explained. “It's difficult to understand though,” he added “why the “Pla” district of Majorca where there are only 2'000 unemployed has received government help and we have over 8'000 without work and we get nothing.”

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