As from tomorrow, Tuesday March 26th, the price of the 12.5 kilo bottle of butane gas, used in over 8 million homes, goes up by 7.2% to €17.50 due to a new methodology introduced by the Government to calculate the retail price of liquefied petroleum gas. The butane gas bottle price will now be reviewed every two months instead of …
A total of 1,304 people died on the roads in Spain during 2012, a decrease of 180 compared to 2011 and a figure similar to that recorded in 1960. However, in 1960 there were 1 million cars registered and 2 million drivers, whereas in 2012 there were 31 million cars and 26 million drivers.
The general strike has begun, and as usual there are differing views as to participation. The Government says that, so far, everything is pretty normal with the ports, large markets, transport and industry operating almost normally. The unions are claiming a ‘full stop’ in major industries, transport, large markets and the ports with almost 100% support for the strike.
The Spanish Cabinet has approved A draft penal reform bill which, amongst other things, includes jail terms of up to one year for distributing images of people without their permission, even if prior consent has been given for the images to be taken.
The IVA hike in September has resulted in inflation jumping from 2.7% in August to 3.5% in September according to figures from the National Statistics Institute (INE), with prices rises in all sectors.
Spain and Portugal are set to ask the EU for effective measures to alleviate the crisis affecting the dairy cattle sector, the Valle de los Pedroches in Córdoba being particularly badly hit.
Autumn is just a week away and apart from the odd shower expected in the next few days, the outlook is currently ‘dry’, which is becoming worrying for farmers in Andalucia.
RENFE workers have called another strike for tomorrow, Monday, in protest at plans by the rail network operator to split the organisation into four separate companies. Already cancelled are 302 AVE, long and middle distance trains and local trains. Local trains, Cercanias, are expected to run at around 50% of normal.
After announcing on Tuesday that the assistance available for unemployed people with dependants is to rise by €50 to €450, the government is now looking at ways of reducing the number of people benefiting from the scheme.
A study by Open Europe, a leading think-tank, has warned that the current bank rescue plan in Spain is clearly insufficient, while a full bail-out – which would require around €650 billion – is impossible.