to the January issue of 'The Word on the Street'. Your monthly
news and information from Spain provided by Ábaco Asesores.
In a couple of columns we hope to keep you in touch with the
news, events and just a little bit of gossip.
to the mediterranean
Nerja, Costa del Sol
happening everywhere. Everything is going up or going
down in the opposite direction to how you would like
it to. So pension ages go up, but the amount
of pension you might receive is going down. In common
with other parts of Europe, the Spanish Government is
proposing that the retirement age should go up to 67.Pensions
in Spain are seen as generous in comparison to some
other countries. However this generosity could be eroded
as it is proposed that workers must have contributed
longer (now 20 instead of 15 years) before being
entitled to a pension.
on the forums
the word is on the streets
One of the main topics of debate has been the ban
on smoking. In general the comments have been evenly
divided with few sitting on the fence. It's early
days and we've yet to see what difference it will make
to the hostelry trade. It's shouldn't be too hard
to adapt for non-resident smokers used to living with
the ban already. Slightly harder for those residents
used to carrying their cigarette everywhere with them.
Whether you think it's for the better or the worse,
cafes and restaurants in Spain will never be the same
Touch of Art
you're not feeling energetic but would like to learn
something new you could try Suzanne Stokes' art classes
in Ciudad Quesada on the Costa Blanca at Hotel El
Corazon(Thursday) and PALS Social Club, La Siesta (Monday
morning). The classes are aimed at mature students at
any level from beginner upwards. If you like the idea
of brandishing a brush why don't you have a look at
her website www.sue-stokes.co.uk or contact her on 00
34 680 961 025.
the current climate those who are buying are buying
bargains. When your property transfer tax is calculated
it is likely that you will use the title deed value.
However, we are seeing cases where property is being
re-valued on behalf of the Tax Authority by an architect.
In some cases this is leading to a reassessment of the
transfer tax paid and a subsequent tax demand. This
can happen at any time in the four years following your
purchase. For more information
read our article.
the big fish…
has a new criminal code that means that businesses
can be criminally liable and can face severe penalties
if they are found guilty of fraud, bribery, money laundering
or tax offences. Click here to find out more.
If you commit crimes such as speeding at over 200 kms/
hour on the motorway or driving with more than 1.2 grams
of alcohol in your blood your car could not only
be impounded but repossessed. For more information
steady, cook in Moncayo
rather, the 'Kitchen Cook Off' is based in Moncayo Market
at the Procomobel Home Centre (on the N332 between Guardamar
and La Mata, Alicante) every Saturday starting January
22nd. It's a little like 'Ready Steady Cook' with two
restaurants competing against one another. You can
pay 2€ to be a taster (money goes to charity) and then
vote for your favourite dish. A free drink is included
and on February 5th a family fun day has been planned
as well. If you are interested in taking part as a taster
you should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book your
monument to Christopher Columbus
Benalmádena, Costa del Sol
What's coming up?
Spend! Spend! Perhaps not the message you want to hear just
after Christmas as the January bills come in but, the sales
are on in Spain and there are plenty of places to spend
your money. For those of you who have put a little money aside
there are a selection of commercial centres in the Murcia,
Alicante region. Some of the best known are:
Habaneras, Avenida de Rosa Mazon Valero, Torrevieja,
- Nueva Condomina, Autovía A7, Km. 760, Churra, Murcia
L'Aljub, calle Jacarilla, Elche,
Thader Centro Commercial, Avda. Juan de Borbón, Churra,
- Gran Via shopping centre, Jose Garcia Selles 2, Carolinas,
if you just love browsing in a big department store there's
always El Corte Ingles www.elcorteingles.es - try the
one at Elche for the convenience of underground parking with
no parking fees for a totally civilised shopping experience.
shopping on line?
is a website dedicated to it (as there is a website dedicated
to most things it seems). La Plaza promotes 'UK brands
delivered to your door in Spain'. The site enables you
to select from lots of different outlets that will deliver
British goods to Spain. Including:
Littlewoods, Thorntons, Waterstones, Mothercare, Wallis, HMV
and many more
over the shops in the plaza and it tells you what the delivery
charges are. It also provides you with the opportunity to
send gifts via the internet. A useful site if you're thinking
of spreading your wings further than Amazon.