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26 July 2013

On the 8th July modifications relating to  taxation took effect , as dictated in amendments 6/2012 of 8th July within the Region of Murcia.

These amendments will affect the values of taxes paid on property purchases, as well as inheritance taxes, and will make purchasing property more expensive. These are very much “stealth taxes” as they will have little effect on the man in the street on an everyday basis, but will make quite substantial differences to those purchasing, or inheriting property.

Increased taxes on second hand property sales:

Increased regional tax on new property purchases.

Increased taxes on notarial acts

Inheritance tax.

Read more at Murcia Today

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At least 45 killed as train derails in northern Spain
25 July 2013

Train derails outside city of Santiago de Compostela, killing at least 45 and injuring 70 

At least 45 people were killed and 70 injured when a train derailed on the outskirts of the northern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela on Wednesday in one of Europe's worst rail disasters.

Bodies covered in blankets lay next to the overturned carriages as smoke billowed from the wreckage. Firemen clambered over the twisted metal trying to get survivors out of the windows.

The government said it was working on the hypothesis the derailment was an accident – though the scene will stir memories of 2004's Madrid train bombing, carried out by Islamists, that killed 191 people.

The train operated by state rail company Renfe with 247 people on board derailed on the eve of the ancient city's main festival when thousands of Christian pilgrims travel in to pack the streets.

"It was going so quickly … It seems that on a curve the train started to twist, and the wagons piled up one on top of the other," passenger Ricardo Montesco told Cadena Ser radio station.

"A lot of people were squashed on the bottom. We tried to squeeze out of the bottom of the wagons to get out and we realised the train was burning … I was in the second wagon and there was fire … I saw corpses," he added.

One witness near the scene told the radio station she heard an explosion before seeing the derailed train.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who was born in Santiago de Compostela, held an emergency meeting with his ministers. He would visit the site on Thursday morning, his spokeswoman added.


The head of the surrounding Galicia region, Alberto Nunez Feijoo, said at least 45 people were killed and round 70 injured, more than 20 of them seriously.



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William & Kate have a son
23 July 2013

Today, at 4:24pm UK time, Kate was safely delivered of a son, 8lb 6oz. 

News wasn't broken for four hours!

Congratulations to them. 



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Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy could face a vote of no confidence in Parliament
19 July 2013


The PSOE have now requested answers from the Prime Minister on 8 occasions.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy could face a vote of no confidence in Parliament if he continues to refuse to appear in Congress and explain his involvement in the Bárcenas affair and the two decades of alleged false accounting practices in the PP party of which he is leader.

Source: Murcia Today

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No EU challenge expected to winter fuel withdrawal
08 July 2013

No EU challenge expected to winter fuel withdrawal.

THE COALITION government’s bid to end winter fuel payments for expats by introducing a so-called temperature test is not set to face opposition from EU institutions.
More in Friday’s Costa Blanca News.

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Guardia Civil taken to task
04 July 2013

 IT’S NOT the first time that agents from the Guardia Civil have been accused of falsifying evidence or handing out tickets purely for the purpose of raising revenue. Motoring organisations and pressure groups have often highlighted the fact that the DGT seems more concerned with making it easier to pay a traffic fine rather than implementing road safety measures, using such tactics as placing speed cameras on straight sections of roads rather than accident hot spots and purchasing a helicopter with the sole purpose of identifying driving violations but again, not adding to any road safety initiatives, apart from possibly handing out driving bans.

Guardia Civil traffic officer’s credibility is raised time and time again for issuing false driving violation tickets

Read more here

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Court wipes out mortgage debt
04 July 2013

 MURCIA HOME owners have won a key victory after developers secretly raised millions of Euros in cash against their properties with shamed CAM Bank.

In a civil case, a judge has ordered the so-called ‘builder’s mortgages’ be “nullified” ending years of misery and uncertainty for residents who bought villas at Trampolin Solera, near Murcia, off plan and in good faith.

The land registry has been ordered to remove the charges against more than 20 properties from official records.

Read more here . 

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