Benidorm doubles subsidies to students with learning difficulties

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BENIDORM CITY Council has in the last year, doubled the subsidies granted to students with learning difficulties and/or adaptation disorders

The grants will help families towards partial payment of fees for private psycho-pedagogical treatment.

Benidorm Mayor, Toni Pérez, who is also responsible for Education in the City said: ”For the fiscal year ending April 2017, over 87.5% of the applications received have been taken care of and 56 grants have been issued, compared to 22 last year. The total amount granted was €67,104.75, practically double our initial budget. ”

He explained that it had been necessary to increase the budget as more families were making applications for help. The original amount budgeted was €36,813.70.

”We needed to add an additional €30,291.05 to cover the requests made by the parents of these students, who study in the various colleges and institutes of Benidorm.” said Perez.

The monies issued from the grants help to pay for treatments aimed at overcoming literacy and learning difficulties, improving language skills and treating behavioural and conduct disorders.

The Mayor added that “more and more families are interested in this programme, as is evident in the number of applications. ”

”From the Department of Education we have responded by increasing the funds to be able to serve as many students as possible and help their families to continue with these treatments, which are very beneficial to schools. ”

The first phase of this grant, which runs from January and June, has already been paid to the beneficiaries. The payment of the second grant, corresponding to the period from August to December, will be made in the second half of the year, once the families are able to justify the treatment received by the students in the first half of 2017.

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