News round up June

Good news and updates on the cost of living crisis hitting most people’s pockets but first, the region celebrated the start of Summer during the festival of Sant Joan (Saint John) in communities up and down the region and now we start to see the wealth of summer programmes each community is putting forward , we will be sharing those activities as they are advertised over on our Facebook page so be sure to follow us there to get all the latest news. 

Stories relating to everyday cost of living here, reported in The Local, the English language online news outlet, that will be of particular interest to our readers

Spanish Government announce they will keep the VAT reduction on basic food products beyond 30 June

No end date has been specified but the government spokesperson said “We will maintain the VAT reduction on food until more appropriate price levels are reached”

The VAT on bread, milk, cheese, eggs, fruits, vegetables, and cereals has been reduced from four to 0 percent; and from 10 to five percent on oil and pasta. The government has other measures in place including the reduction in cost of travelling on public transport to read the full story click here

Spain introduce new regulated electricity tarif in 2024

Although there is no specific economic saving identified for consumers the new regulation process should avoid the spikes in price hikes that consumers saw last year. Read more here

In other news

Students from British education system will be able to access Spanish universities

The Diplomat reports “The agreement, which will be signed in the coming days by the Minister for Universities, Joan Subirats, limits the impact of Brexit on access to university for both UK students and the more than 70,000 students from the more than 80 educational centers that teach in Spain within the British system. This agreement facilitates educational cooperation between the two countries”

Welcome news for our young people here and in the UK! Read the full article here