More than 2,300 people have signed up for the Government’s “Work Cheque” scheme so far – a role reversal in job seeking - where the unemployed choose which company they want to work for, and if in agreement this company will receive a maximum subsidy of 4,500 euros.
The Minister of Employment, Industry and Commerce for the Canarian Government, Francisca Luengo, explained at a press conference today that this measure is one of many which is part of the active employment policy developed by his department.
However this controversial project has attracted a great deal of interest.
To qualify the unemployed person must be shown as registered with the Canarian Employment Service (SCE) for an uninterrupted minimum period of at least six months and the work cheque can be applied for until 15 September.
Once the employment contract is ratified there is a ten day period for the company to choose a grant, which will be 4,500 euros for indefinite contracts which includes an existing contract of at least two years and 2,500 for a temporary of at least six months, and if part-time will be proportional to the duration of the working week.
To qualify for the subsidy the company must be up to date with their tax obligations to the Canary Finance Authority, State Tax Agency and Social Security.
If the scheme is a success it will be extended to next year on a more permanent basis.
Members of the council of Spanish Airports and Air Navigation (AENA) are staging a lock-in at the Tenerife Los Rodeos airport on Wednesday to protest against airport privatization after the government announced the sale of 49 per cent stake of the public body to private investors.
The committee has also summoned airport workers to a general meeting to be held at the end of the protest to ratify the decision to exercise their right to strike in late August.
The committee calls for a public AENA model where all of the benefits are ploughed back into the improvement and sustainability of infrastructure, regardless of the interests of private investors, because they claim the investment of short-term capital in the interests of maximizing profit in the shortest time possible, would not serve the public interest
The consequences of this, they say, would be increasing the price of air tickets, lost of competitiveness as a tourist destination, decreased quality of service, deletion of routes, closure of facilities, loss of jobs and job insecurity.
Although in some respects the Canarian health system still has a long way to go, there are areas in which the archipelago has become a benchmark for the entire state.
In particular this applies to the implementation and development of electronic prescriptions, which was launched in the Islands five years ago.
Since then, over 200 million electronic prescriptions have been issued in the Canaries, so successfully the national Ministry of Health has chosen the island system to test if e-prescriptions can be interchangeable throughout the national territory.
The Ministry undertook a small test at the end of June, in which different treatment plans were issued using fictitious patients, which were then dispensed in Extremadura on the mainland, the other region chosen by the Ministry for these pilot tests.
January 1, 2015 has been set as the final date for full implementation of interchangeable electronic prescriptions for the whole Spanish National Health System.
If using the prescription away from home each patient will pay the same percentage contribution as they would in their community of origin.
The Guardia Civil have arrested three people in connection with an internet scam offering a repair service for electro-domestic appliances.
The investigation began following a complaint filed last February by a victim of the scam, he thought he had hired a repair service for his appliance via a website which purported to belong to the manufacturer of the item.
Two of the detainees turned up at the victim’s home and demanded payment of a false invoice for 171 euros in the name of a fictitious company “J & J Technical Assistance 24h Granca ” for a repair that was never done.
Officers identified the owner of the website, a resident of Tenerife, who turned out to have a police record for similar offences.
The accused will appear before the magistrate in Santa María de Guía in Gran Canaria.
The Spanish Tax Agency (AEAT) has already paid back 331.4 million euros to 504,437 income tax payers in the Canary Islands, which makes up 86.32 per cent of the total rebate applications made.
In the Canary Islands there were 755,148 rebate claims, of which 70.38 percent were submitted by internet.
According to data from AEAT the Tax Office has returned 146.7 million euros to 242 667 taxpayers just in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Taking national figures into account, AEAT has given back 7.670 million euros to 12.03 million income tax payers, but on the other side of the coin over 921 million euros has been paid in on tax returns.
For those that don’t know, if you are working in Spain, self employed or retired and fiscally resident in Spain, unlike in the UK where the tax man sets allowances against income in advance, here, most people have a straight percentage of their gross pay deducted from their pay packet, or they pay tax quarterly on business income, or tax is deducted at source on their savings interest.
Then, when their tax declarations are submitted, allowances, similar to those in the UK, (such as married man’s allowance, mortgage interest relief and tax relief on private pension contributions etc.), are added into the equation. This means many ordinary tax payers on medium to low incomes, get some sort of rebate.
The Barranco del Infierno nature reserve in Adeje, formally one of the most visited protected area of Tenerife, second only to Mount Teide, may be opening to the public again at last.
The Tenerife Cabildo is awaiting technical reports to enable the route to be reopened almost five years after its closure due to a landslide that killed a tourist in 2009.
Despite previous promises that the popular hike would be re-opened in 2013, it remains closed, while local inhabitants, businesses and municipal politicians continue to complain of the huge loss to the local economy caused by the extended closure.
However the Cabildo says the terrain has worsened over time and the proposed budget to get the route open again has now tripled.