The Spanish road hauliers association has announced a second strike, which will commence on the 17th of November, and last for at least 72 hours, unless the Spanish government return the money raised through the additional tax on fuel known as the &ld… Read More …


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The President of the region of Valencia, Alberto Fabra, has said that there will be funding for building work on four schools in the area in election year of 2015.
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• A ray of hope for illegal home owners
• Government admits to problems with the regularization decree of 2012
• Announcement sparks widespread debate
News Digest, AUAN, 22nd September 2014.
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AUAN Press Release 17.09.2014
Susana Diaz, President of the Junta de Andalucía spoke about illegal houses today in the Andalusian Parliament during the debate on the state of Andalusian autonomy.
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Recent reports suggest that the UK government may withdraw the tax-free personal allowance for expats or other overseas nationals who receive an income from the UK.
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At the 12th meeting of the Environmental Monitoring Commission, which took place on Tuesday, AENA has approved spending of more than 800,000 euros for sound insulation in those homes close to the Alicante-Elche airport.
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In view of the dramatic crisis that Spain is suffering, when one out of every five people live in unemployment, when we are in the sights of Europe, when we do not yet know how the current situation of hardship for many families will finish, the thinkers of this Government are devoted to invent tension situations that generate clashes among ordinary people.

Why after 75 years talk about the subject of the civil war to re-create hatreds between people? This topic has already been settled for many years but now this is about creating tension, by straying attention from more important issues, even if it involves bringing the Spaniards into conflict again.

Why make a law on religious freedom trying to distort roots and traditions of people who in their vast majority are and have always been catholic? It is false that there are so many Buddhists, Mormons, Adventists, etc. in Spain.

With another recent law, they emptied the content of the institution of marriage putting it on a level with the same-sex unions and facilitating the dissolution of it with the express divorce. No one thought that this is what actually generates more gender violence.

They have imposed the children and adolescents indoctrination in the official doctrine, through a subject that they called “Education for Citizenship” (in Catalonia is pure and hard pornography), but in reality is only a model to deform the youth.

On the other hand, they have eliminated religion classes and have undermined parent’s authority in children’s education, making that they can not be given them a slap to correct them. . . And there are parents who believe in it. It is ridiculous!

They have destroyed the legal protection of the most defenseless human beings, those who have not yet been born, allowing 16-years-old girls have an abortion without any obstacle and parental consent. This law is macabre.

This whole approach responds to a strategically designed plan and is put into practice after repeat many times the same ideas until catch on society little by little. In order to do this, they have used all kinds of false arguments and half-truths that the media don’t stop hammering.

They have been proposed delete honorable things that still retains the society and in particular, everything that has relation with Christian doctrine and Law of God. Due to they are atheists, they want to impose by force atheism in others and to do this they have strong persuasive forces.

Isabel Costa

Independent Forum of Opinion

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With the municipal elections getting closer by the day, now just 10 months away, the political situation in Orihuela is still one of bitter contrast. From numerous politicians facing criminal charges, others being ousted and even the mayor facing attem… Read More …


If you suspect a benefit cheat in Spain, call the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) hotline on 900 554 440. Your call is free and confidential.

Top three cheats this year had claimed over £200,000

More than £5m of UK taxpayers’ money lost to benefit fraud abroad is now being recovered by Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) investigators in Spain.

The dedicated team in Madrid has investigated more than 1,250 cases of benefit fraud by British residents over the last five years, and works closely with UK counterparts to bring fraudsters to justice.

‘Abroad fraud’ is now the fourth largest type of benefit fraud, up almost 90% in the last three years – and Spain is the top of the list, with 769 cases investigated last year alone. The free and confidential hotline to use in Spain to report suspected benefit cheats is 900 554 440.

The top three benefit fraudsters in Spain who have been convicted so far this year had claimed some £217,000 between them. All three have now received jail sentences and been ordered to repay the money they stole.

Janice Purdie, 62, from Hove, this month pleaded guilty to over £130,000 of benefit fraud and received a 12-month prison sentence. She failed to tell DWP that she owned a property in Spain and had numerous different bank accounts whilst she was fraudulently claiming Income Support, Pension Credit, Disability Living Allowance, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit over a nine-year period.

Jimmy Rickner, 72, from Exeter, was this month jailed for six months for fraudulently claiming almost £50,000 of disability benefits and Pension Credit over eight years, when in fact he was living with his partner in one of two properties he owned in Spain.

Thomas Wadham, 73, of Aylesbury, falsely claimed £37,000 of Housing Benefit and Pension Credit between 2007 and 2010 while he was living in Spain. He was sentenced to six months in jail in January and ordered to pay back all the money.

The UK Government is taking more action to tackle abroad fraud by increasing the use of life certificates to stop fraudsters continuing to claim benefits when a claimant has died, and increasing data-sharing so foreign authorities tell the UK about overseas claimants.

David Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform, said:

“Benefit fraud is wrong both at home and abroad, and fraudsters need to know that our investigators will look into cases wherever they are and that their benefits will be stopped.

“We are toughening the rules to crack down on benefit cheats and recovering more money than ever as part of the Government’s long-term economic plan – clawing back a landmark £5m in Spain.

“But we know there is more to do and we are returning fairness to the welfare system to make sure it delivers for people in need and the hardworking taxpayer who funds it.”

Richard West, Head of DWP Fraud and Error Service, said:

“This is a significant achievement for our team in Spain and will hopefully serve as a warning to benefit cheats no matter where they are in the world.

“Fraudsters need to know that our investigators have the powers to track them down and that being overseas is no hiding place. We are determined to crack down on people who play the system, so that benefits only go to those who really need this help.”

If you suspect a benefit cheat in Spain, call the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) hotline on 900 554 440. Your call is free and confidential.

All fraudsters face either an administrative penalty or criminal prosecution and all must pay back every penny they have obtained, so that taxpayers’ money continues to help the people most in need.

Typical frauds committed abroad include claims by people leaving Great Britain after their claim starts, people failing to notify DWP before leaving the country or staying abroad for too long, and families who fail to report the death of someone living abroad permanently and continuing to receive benefits.

Abroad fraud totalled £82m in 2013/14, including £48m of Pension Credit, £11m of Housing Benefit, £8m of Income Support and £15m of Employment and Support Allowance. The total was slightly below the £84m in 2012/13, after rising from £55m in 2011/12 and £44m in 2010/11.

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