Refugees receive food from several volunteers.

08-03-2016Orestis Panagiotou

The Social Services Council in the Balearics has added the islands’ name to a joint statement from eleven other Spanish regions which calls on the national government and the European Union to do more to tackle the refugee crisis. This council consists of representatives from political institutions, business, unions and other associations. In supporting the joint statement, it also asked for greater active participation by Spain’s regions in the process of care for refugees.

Of other issues considered by the council, there was one from the “Tercer Sector”. This comprises charitable bodies, co-operatives and others and it made a request for seven per cent of revenue raised by the tourist tax to be devoted to social infrastructures (such as care homes for the elderly).

The council was also asked to develop a plan for families, to draft a motion for an “emancipation” income for one-time minors in care and to draft further motions (for parliamentary consideration) regarding guide dogs and additional funds for non-contributory pensions.

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Sean Dobson / Hace over 2 years

Well,Steve,incredible though it might seem,the UK press has not yet latched onto the fact that a new tourist tax has been introduced in Majorca but when they do get wind of the fact that the Majorcans now want it to be used for care homes,guide dogs,refugees,income for youths in care,pensions etc,then the brown stuff will really hit the fan,you can be sure of that

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Steve Riches / Hace over 2 years

Thanks for the latest instalment in the Tourist Tax comedy.

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Ron / Hace over 2 years

Well Sean - there you go - I'm agreeing with you! But please don't go! Begging bowls are at the ready. I agree that funds should be made available to the "Third Sector" for worthwhile projects from the budgets of all the automonies, but once again this eco-tax has to be treated separate from any other government funding. That's what has been promised. Otherwise it will be doomed before it starts. And I certainly hope it will be!!!

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Sean Dobson / Hace over 2 years

This is ridiculous,why don't,we,the tourists also pay unemployment benefit,old age pensions,rents and utilities for the unemployed and God knows what else,personally,I have had it up to here with this nonsense and will be going to Tenerife for my holidays in future where they appreciate tourists and it's cheaper and warmer.

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