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Special service to inform renters of benefits rights

Foto oac atencio al publicTo 21 September the administration's Citizen Information Office is offering islanders an information and help service to determine eligibility for the Govern balear's latest round of housing benefits. Renters are encouraged to visit the office (or OAC, for its initials in Catalan) for complete details about application conditions.

Locals have two days a week to present their applications at the Formentera branch of the regional housing authority (IBAVI), and officials hope the OAC's advisory service will simplify that process. The Govern balear tapped into their coffers to unlock the money for Eivissa and Formentera residents, who can request assistance if their monthly housing costs are between €600 and €800.

The deadline for requests is 21 September and complete application details can be found online at www.habitatge.caib.es or by phoning 900 780 000. The dwelling referred to when applying should be the applicant's regular place of residence, and claimants—necessarily residents of the Balearic Islands—must earn €22,365 or less per household to apply. Beneficiaries of the money are eligible for assistance of up to 40% of their monthly rent.

The benefits cover rent that falls due January to December 2017; payments already made since January will be reimbursed retroactively. The OAC is open Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 2.00pm and Thursday afternoons 4.00pm to 6.00pm.

Wrapping up summer maintenance, crews ready three local schools for returning pupils

Foto millores escoles 2017 2The Formentera Council reported today on maintenance operations this summer at the island's three public primary schools. Education secretary Susana Labrador said upkeep at Sant Francesc's Mestre Lluís Andreu and the schools of Sant Ferran and el Pilar de la Mola, requested by school administrations, local parents' groups and student councils, was intended to get educational centres primed for the return of pupils tomorrow, 13 September.

Sant Francesc
In Mestre Lluís Andreu's lower building, the Council's maintenance brigade prepped an existing courtyard structure for storage use, cleaned the courtyard and boiler room, repaired damaged shutters and window tracks, scraped and painted inner doors and performed checks of electrical fixtures.

An outside firm was brought in by the Council to repair leaks and paint the hallway and entrance of the early-learning centre. The work cost €12,251, VAT included.

Council crews also carried out regular maintenance and fixed a leaky boiler in Mestre Lluís Andreu's upper building.

Sant Ferran
In Sant Ferran, the maintenance brigade painted classrooms, doors, railings and window bars, mounted a wooden shed in the courtyard of the toddlers' school, built new furniture and conducted regular upkeep.

Outside companies were tasked with filling cracks in the roofing over classrooms and building numerous structures: a partition to create a natural light area in one room, accessible wheelchair ramps on multiple outdoor walkways and walls around the sides of the school's sandbox, to keep mess to a minimum and improve conditions for play.

Other upgrades included new, earth-friendly artificial turf in the toddlers' swing area and cost €9,998.90, VAT included.

Painters were brought in to clean and paint the deteriorated outside walls of the building's central area for €9,005.52.

La Mola
In la Mola, crews spruced up paint jobs on the school's inside and outside walls, performed checks of air-conditioning units and electrical fixtures and did other regular maintenance.

The education secretary asserted that it is the Council's job to see to upkeep in schools and, for that reason, two individuals on the administration's work crew are tasked specifically with overseeing year-round regular maintenance.

2017 Guitarres de Formentera

Foto guitarres de formenteraThe Formentera Council's department of culture has announced details about Guitarres de Formentera, a festival set to descend on Sant Ferran this weekend. The gathering, a showcase for blues, jazz and rock music, has become a firmly implanted fixture on the local music scene. It is organised by an eponymous association headed up by Mr Ekkehard Hoffmann, a musician and the founder of Formentera Guitars.

On 15 and 16 September, music will fill the town's church-front plaza. The nightly 10.00pm-to-4.00am programme will include performances by Kozmic Blue, Black Cats, Mateoria, Chimichurri, Litus, Kelly & the Jam Factory, Los Peligrosos Gentlemen, Nacho Perez Group, Sirjo Cocchi Songbook and Monsters of Palma plus a jam session to culminate each evening. For the festival's close on Sunday, 17 September, Sirjo Cocchi Songbook will headline a concert at local restaurant Sa Panxa before opening the stage up for one last jam session.

Formentera's Archive of Image and Sound launches information service

Foto arxiu imatge i soThe CiF patrimony office has announced the launch of a service to give islanders access to the island's library of images and sound, AISF (in Catalan, Arxiu d'Imatge i So). The new service will also provide information about other sound and image archives containing Formentera-related material.

Starting 13 September, the service will be available from 10.30am to 1.30pm at the AISF head office on the first floor of the Marià Villangómez library (carrer de Pius Tur Mayans, 14, Sant Francesc Xavier). Islanders are invited to contact the service by phone or e-mail as well, by calling 971 322 386 or sending an e-mail to arxiuimatgeiso@conselldeformentera.cat.

Individuals are also encouraged to use the office's advisory service for inquiries concerning their own photo, sound and audiovisual collections.

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