Countryside cash in hand
THE REGIONAL government is to provide cash machines for 95 rural towns and villages which do not currently have the facilities.
Valencia’s president Ximo Puig explained that his coalition government will rent the cashpoints from banks.
He noted that 45 will be for Valencia province, 37 for Castellón and 13 for Alicante.
“Our aim is to try to overcome the isolation which a lot of people suffer when they don’t have access to basic financial services,” he explained.
Sr Puig noted that the restructuring of the financial industry in Spain in recent years has hit many rural communities through the closure of numerous branch offices.
A recent study found that 2.7% of the population in the Valencia region do not access to a cashpoint in their municipality.
For this reason the regional government ‘has to reach the areas that the banks don’t get to’.
This is part of their fight against the depopulation of the countryside, explained Sr Puig.
Ximo Puig announcing the measure with regional banking chiefs