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Social welfare offices move to Day Centre

This week the Formentera Office of Social Welfare (Conselleria de Benestar Social, CBSF) will begin relocating to new offices in a wing of the island's adult care facility. CBS departments are taking the move in turns and the hope is that next week all face-to-face service can be provided in the new offices.

Rafael Ramírez, Councillor of Social Welfare, explained that the new offices will mean "a better service for islanders" and "care that measures up" to local demand. "Formentera's social services are essential, which is why we have renovated this area of the Day Centre: to tailor it to needs, both for users and workers", said Councillor Ramírez.

Ramírez highlighted "CBSF's growth in recent years, both in terms of staff size and the scope of the care we provide". He also stressed that the move would "put Formentera's areas of social and health care into a single location". The coming months will also see the opening of a senior living residence and, if current plans are carried out, a centre focused on care for underage children. The change means CBSF will have new work spaces with greater comfort to be able to develop services.

New furniture and signage is also in the works, and an open day will be held when upgrades are complete.

CBSF can be reached by phone at 971 32 12 71.

27 January 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Consell de Formentera meets 90% of international transparency indicators

The Formentera Office of Transparency is pleased to report that currently the island administration complies with ninety percent of Transparency International's eighty indicators. TI brings together civil sector, the private sector and governments, and is the only non-governmental organisation dedicated to combating corruption.

The Consell de Formentera maintains a transparency web portal that can also be accessed via the institutional website, www.conselldeformentera.cat. Depending on type, TI's indicators are updated weekly, monthly, quarterly or annually according to the organism's established criteria. This information relates to government actions, agreements, plenary sessions, e-minutes, government contracts, economic and financial data, town planning data, legislation, councillors' personal information, etc. A newly designed web form allows islanders to request public information in person at the Citizen Information Office (OAC) and online across the Virtual Citizen Information Office (OVAC). The process does not require identification by digital certificate, per transparency legislation.


Moreover, the Consell has asked the administrators of the Mapa inforparticipa website to correct details reported in a 16 January press release indicating that in a study of Balearic municipalities, Formentera had received a score of zero out of one hundred in transparency. The document did not report on the rest of the island councils.

In their reply, the portal's representatives stated that "the [Consell de Formentera] website is listed as not evaluated; not as scoring zero". Formentera's administration was "simply not evaluated, which is why it appears on the Mapa Infoparticipa graphic in grey. It was not evaluated because when the Balearic Islands were assessed it was insufficiently clear to us whether the www.conselldeformentera.cat website belonged to the City or Island Council [sic]". They added that Mapa Infoparticipa did not evaluate governments' transparency portals as the first option.

Mapa Infoparticipa have offered their advisory services to the Consell de Formentera, but the island administration oversees transparency work with its own resources and does not hire external companies for this purpose.

26 January 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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'Talks for Families and Teachers' return with lecture on adolescence

At 5.00pm, Thursday 20 January, the Formentera Office of Social Welfare's 'Talks for Families and Teachers' lecture series returns to the Sala de Plens with 'Teens Today: Loving and Educating Them When They Need it Most' from psychologist, educator and journalist Jaume Funes Artiaga. Funes will offer tips and advice "on how to educate individuals in adolescence, a time of great change when closeness with adults is an essential part of teens feeling secure enough to face, discover and experience life".

For reservations, call 971.32.12.71 or send an e-mail to educaciosocial@conselldeformentera.cat. Childcare will be available for children three and up.

14 January 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Formentera's large and single-parent families get cards to speed up discounts and benefits

foto 2021 carnetThe Formentera Office of Social Welfare (Conselleria de Benestar Social, CBS) has begun issuing cards that "make it easier for large and single-parent families to navigate the discounts to which they are entitled", according to Rafael Ramírez, Councillor of Social Welfare.

CBS has registered 140 large and 5 single-parent families on Formentera that can benefit from discounts, and since the new cards started going out a few weeks ago, some thirty families have already received them. Cardholders can use the cards —some generic and for the entire family unit, others personalised and assigned to each member— at an array of locations, even off Formentera. "Till today, every time members of large and single-parent families had to request a service or discount, they had to present a CBS-issued certificate; the card makes the process simpler and, most importantly, more convenient. The cards can be used elsewhere too, like to visit museums off the island", explained Councillor Ramírez.

Various state, regional and local benefits exist for large families that use services such as transport, education, housing, leisure and culture. To educate islanders about the initiative, CBS has put out a round-up of Consell de Formentera services and discounts, like those at nurseries, the school of music and dance, municipal summer camp programme and more.

29 December 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

New push to stop underage drinking and drinks sales on Formentera

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Today a group of students from schools in La Mola, Sant Ferran and Sant Francesc took part in an educational event as part of the Formentera Office of Social Welfare campaign 'Don't Drown in Alcohol' to stop underage drinking and sales of alcohol to islanders under 18. Accompanied by Pilar Daviu, the police liaison officer, and Michael Romero, staff specialist for youth, the students visited assorted restaurants and shops to distribute posters reading 'We do not sell alcohol to minors here'. Various departments of the Consell de Formentera have collaborated in the initiative, together with law enforcement, businesses, SMEs, schools, families and local sports clubs.

17 December 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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