Nerja residents were out in force last night to protest about the Junta’s (regional government of Andalucia) failure to pay Nerja’s Taller de la Amistad over €160,000. The payments date back to 2009 and are the Junta’s contribution towards the running costs of the centre.

The centre provides education, training, leisure and other services for disabled residents of Nerja from all age groups and its future has been put at risk by this cash shortfall.

The demonstrators marched through the streets in the old town, carrying banners saying “Junta Pay Now!” and “The non-payments from the Junta of Andalucia put the welfare of people with disabilities at risk”, before gathering on the Balcon de Europa, where speeches were made deploring the attitude of the Junta.

The Junta is also in the news currently over the so-called ERE scandal, where phantom employees were given redundancy payments. So far investigators have found 196 beneficiaries who were not eligble, with another 45 still under investigation. Among these unlawful recipients of state funds, are nine members of the governing Socialist Party, which has been in power in the region since 1980. The total cost of the fraud is estimated at €17 million.

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