Coun­try­side cash in hand

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Dave Jones djones@cb­

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

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