Train fares to go up by 1.85%

The cost of train tickets for the commuter trains, middle-distance, Avant and Feve will rise by an average of 1.85% as from January 2015, according to the rail network operator RENFE.

Electricity to go up by 2.3% on January 1st

The Government has announced that the price of electricity will rise by 2.3% as per January 1st 2014. This is significantly more than the Government initially indicated but significantly less than the increase wanted by the power companies.

Increase in electric bills as from Monday July 1st

The electricity Tariff of Last Resort (TUR), used by some 22 million people in Spain, will increase on average by 1.2% as from tomorrow, Monday July 1st. The cost of electricity has risen by 60% in the past five years.

Minimum wage to increase as from January 1st 2013

The Government is proposing to raise the minimum wage, frozen in 2012, from €641.40 to €645.30 per month, an increase of 0.6%, as from January 1st 2013. With VAT having risen anywhere between 3% and 17% and inflation at 2.9%, some are describing the increase as ‘out of place’.

Electricity cost to go up by 3% on January 1st 2013

The cost of electricity is set to rise on January 1st 2013, the TUR ‘Tariff of Last Resort’ going up by around 3%. In addition, users with contracted power consumption of 3 to 10 kilowatts who exceed that figure by more than 10% face a surcharge of between 1% and 8% on their electricity bill.

Increase in legal fees comes into effect today

The new law on court fees comes into effect today, Monday, following the publication in the Official Gazette (BOE) on Saturday of the Ministerial Order regulating the assessment and collection of such fees.

Increase in abandoned and abused animals in Andalucia

Coinciding with the arrival of summer, the number of animals being abandoned in Andalucia is increasing, with many cats and dogs, often with collars, being left on the streets to fend for themselves.

Cost of rubbish collection in Fuengirola set to rise

Fuengirola Council will be implementing a new municipal tax ordinance as from January 1st 2013 which will see the tax relating to rubbish collection rise by around €30 to €80 per household per annum.

IVA to go up by 3%

IVA (VAT) is set to rise by 3% to 21% and budgets to local authorities are to be cut by €3.5 billion as part of the latest round of austerity measures.