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Over 100,000 furloughed or jobless on the Costa face wait for government payouts

Minister for Social Security, José Luis Escrivá.
Minister for Social Security, José Luis Escrivá. / EFE
  • With online platforms saturated and a backlog, government sources believe most will only get benefit payments after 10 May

The intense pressure on the public administrative system means that over 100,000 workers in Malaga province who have lost jobs or been furloughed will be waiting for payments.

The regional employment service and national SEPE jobless benefits agency have staff working at home and cannot keep up with demand.

There are so far 112,000 newly furloughed workers in Malaga province, out of a total of four million nationally, as well as those recently made jobless, where numbers are still unclear. With online platforms saturated and a backlog, government sources believe most will only get payments after 10 May.

The SEPE service in Malaga, where 75 per cent of staff are working remotely, has received 30,000 calls and 20,000 emails during the crisis, and this week it said it has answered 60-70 per cent of them so far.