News Round ups March 20th 2009


BRITISH COUPLE’S SPANISH CAPITAL GAINS TAX SUCCESS:
BRITISH couple BECOMES FIRST SUCCESSFUL RECLAIMANTS IN CAPITAL GAINS TAX CASE AGAINST SPANISH GOVERNMENT AND PAVES THE WAY FOR £140 MILLION BRITISH TAX REBATE
Illegal tax trap contravened European Community Treaty rules and meant that thousands of Britons were overcharged 133% Capital Gains Tax by the Spanish Government
Average tax reclaim size currently stands at £14,100 plus interest.  However as many as 10,000 Brits could be affected and entitled to reclaim as much as £140 million
Other European countries affected could come forward to reclaim more than £350 million
Does this affect you? Visit www.spanishtaxreclaim.co.uk  to find out more or call the Spanish Tax Reclaim Helpline on 0845 680 3849
A British couple have become the first successful claimants against the Spanish Government, after they and thousands of other British and European home owners were illegally charged more than twice the amount of Capital Gains Tax than Spanish residents on properties they sold in Spain. After more than a year long battle, they have successfully reclaimed their overpayment and the case now paves the way for thousands of other British people who have been affected to make similar reclaims from the Spanish Government.
Hundreds of Britons who sold a property in Spain between approximately July 2004 and the end of December 2006 will now put their cases before the Spanish Courts to reclaim the money which they were illegally overcharged.
The background
The tax loophole – which was originally exposed by currency exchange brokers HiFX and Spanish lawyers, Costa, Alvarez, Manglano & Associates – came about after British non residents paid a Spanish Non Residents’ Income Tax rate of 35% on any capital gains, compared to a rate of 15% paid by Spanish nationals.  This 133% overpayment not only totals a profit somewhere in the region of an estimated £350 million for the Spanish Government, but also contravenes European Community Treaty rules on discrimination and therefore was unduly charged by the Spanish Government.  British people applying for a refund are also set to add on missing interest at a rate of 6% to their reclaims from the date the reclaim is presented, making the total reclaim even higher.
Following the launch of the www.spanishtaxreclaim.co.uk website in March 2008, British people who believed they were affected came forward to highlight their plights. A Spanish Court then ruled in February this year that the initial case put forward by solicitors Costa, Alvarez, Manglano & Associates on behalf of Mr and Mrs Roy from the UK was so convincing that there was no need for it to be passed on to the European Courts of Justice (ECJ), which is the usual procedure.  The Court ruled that they should be refunded. Anyone else who believes they have been affected should come forward now with their cases.
However, whilst 260 Brits are in the process to put their cases before the Spanish High Courts and an additional 340 have registered their details, thousands more are still to come forward. At the same time people who have sold properties previous to July 2004 have already missed out on being able to make a reclaim on their overpaid tax, as under Spanish law claims can only be made dating back over a four year period, meaning thousands more have become victim to this tax trap. 
Mark Bodega, Director of currency specialists HiFX said: “We launched the website www.spanishtaxreclaim.co.uk  last year in a bid to help those British people affected by this CGT loophole to put their cases forward before the Spanish Government. It is fantastic news that the first British couple has been successful, and that a total of 600 other British claimants are now in the process of putting their cases forward.  Between them they could reclaim £8.4 million plus interest, based on the average reclaim figure at the moment of £14,100, but it is absolutely vital that anyone who believes they are affected comes forward to reclaim what they have wrongly been overcharged by the Spanish Government.  £8.4 million is a lot of money but really just a small fraction of what could potentially be reclaimed by Brits, which could be as much as £140 million.”
Commenting on the issue, Spanish Lawyer Emilio Alvarez said: “We have successfully put forward to the Spanish Government, and won, the first British case and we are now able to lead other British people forward and reclaim the money they were wrongly overcharged. However, as timings around reclaims are so tight under Spanish law then it is vital people come forward via the www.spanishtaxreclaim.co.uk website as soon as they can so their cases can be registered and put forward, or they could miss out”.
For more information, and details of how to register your interest, visit :
www.spanishtaxreclaim.co.uk 
or call the helpline on 0845 680 3849
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Telefónica to cut bills for the unemployed
TELEFÓNICA has announced that it will reduce by half the landline and mobile telephone bills of people claiming dole money. Chief Executive Officer Guillermo Ansaldo says this will apply to customers of at least six months’ standing.
Bills will be a maximum of 20 euros a month, claims Ansaldo. Anyone who is out of work and is claiming unemployment benefit should go to the site www.telefonica.es/teayudamos, where they can download a form in PDF format.
This should be printed off, completed and posted to the company.
Ansaldo also reveals the firm, which is the third-largest telecommunications enterprise in the world, has set up a 24-hour helpline to assist its 260 million customers in finding products to suit their needs. This can be called free on 900 380 390.
Among the new, money-saving offers launched by Telefónica, a new landline without a standing charge and a minimum consumption of 14 euros a month, plus services for foreigners and discounts for small and medium-sized businesses are included.

Tax returns for non-residents due
NON-RESIDENTS in Spain are being called upon to put forward their income tax declarations for 2008. Laws that changed last year for those with assets in Spain but not resident for tax purposes in the country mean that an income return has to be made on these shores, even if a declaration is made in the person’s country of residence.
This tax return should include the full extent of any assets held in Spain, such as property or savings, throughout the course of last year together with any other income received in the country, such as rent payments or bank account interest.
Those who are unsure of the procedure should contact their solicitor or fiscal assessor in Spain. They will be asked to provide a current copy of their NIE certificate and passport, together with full details of assets and income in Spain.
SUMA or IBI bills relating to local taxes on the Spanish property will also be required, together with a copy of the deeds.
Many solicitors, upon request, may carry out the declaration if the relevant information is sent on line, by fax or post.

Eight-day-old fallera christened
GANDIA’S youngest fallera was just eight days old when she was christened in full costume in the street amid flying sweets to the sounds of local bands.
Zoe Benítez Morant was awake, but did not cry, when the priest scattered water over her forehead during the ceremony in front of her family’s falla, the Roís de Corella.
This year’s winner of its section in Gandia was the Crist Rei, voted ‘funniest falla’.
A long-awaited award, falleros and local band members who belong to the Crist Rei held celebrations after the prizegiving to mark the turn of events.

Suspected robbers caught
NATIONAL Police in Dénia have arrested five people thought to be behind a number of robberies on shops in the Marina Alta. They say that four shops in the old town in Jávea were broken into around ten days ago. The thieves took a safe from one of the premises containing just a few euros in cash, but causing thousands of euros’ worth of property damage. Officers believe the same gang are behind a break-in on a shop on Dénia’s Marqués de Campo street. They stole two plasma-screen televisions from the town-centre domestic appliance outlet. One of the shopkeepers in Jávea’s historic quarter says he has suffered five robberies since the beginning of 2009.
Traders are calling for more police presence in the area.

Human traces in Baños de la Reina
HUMAN remains have been found in Calpe waters, local authorities reveal.
Whilst restoring the mosaic pieces of the Roman baths, known as the Baños de la Reina, archaeologists uncovered footprints believed to have been made by humans in the third century AD. They were found imprinted in the floor where the mosaic pieces are stuck down, leading historians to believe that they were those of the craftsmen who fitted the original tiles. Subdirector of the excavation, Alicia Luján, says these footsteps are the ‘first signs of human life from the Roman era’ to be found in the Queens’ Baths.
She says the repairers would have been carrying out the work between the second and fourth centuries AD after the original mosaic tiles became broken.
This is evidenced by the fact that the footprints are in the area where the tiles are newer.
The dig’s director Ana Ronda says the underwater part of Queens’ Baths would have been large, man-made ponds used as a Roman fish farm.
It has been discovered during previous excavations that the complex was inhabited between the first and seventh centuries AD, evidenced by the discovery of three houses and two thermal baths.

Human traces in Baños de la Reina
HUMAN remains have been found in Calpe waters, local authorities reveal.
Whilst restoring the mosaic pieces of the Roman baths, known as the Baños de la Reina, archaeologists uncovered footprints believed to have been made by humans in the third century AD. They were found imprinted in the floor where the mosaic pieces are stuck down, leading historians to believe that they were those of the craftsmen who fitted the original tiles. Subdirector of the excavation, Alicia Luján, says these footsteps are the ‘first signs of human life from the Roman era’ to be found in the Queens’ Baths.
She says the repairers would have been carrying out the work between the second and fourth centuries AD after the original mosaic tiles became broken.
This is evidenced by the fact that the footprints are in the area where the tiles are newer.
The dig’s director Ana Ronda says the underwater part of Queens’ Baths would have been large, man-made ponds used as a Roman fish farm.
It has been discovered during previous excavations that the complex was inhabited between the first and seventh centuries AD, evidenced by the discovery of three houses and two thermal baths.

Park for grown-ups to be set up in Ondara
ONDARA has announced plans to build a recreational park for its elderly residents.
Playground equipment ‘for grown-ups’ will be set up, allowing those of advanced years to take gentle exercise to help relieve their aches and pains. Gym equipment, physiotherapy facilities, stretching machines and footpaths to encourage gentle walking will be installed. The first park of its kind in Ondara, the recreational area mirrors a similar one set up in the Marina Baixa in recent months. A grant of 10,000 euros from the provincial council of Alicante has allowed Ondara local authorities to get started on the project.

Women race for cancer charity
A WOMEN’S race through the streets of Jávea raised 1,705 euros for the local AECC cancer association last week. A total of 450 women took part in the race, organised by women from the Llebeig Athletics Club. They ran, jogged or walked a total of 2.8 kilometres round the town. A few children and men also took part in the fundraising event. The race was won by AECC’s president, Catalina Quero, and the youngest winner was Martina Cardona Morant.

Residents fear for their safety over wobbly crane
PARCENT residents have complained four times to the town council about a crane that they fear will fall onto their homes.
Those living in the block in the village centre street, C/ L’Era, say a huge and precarious-looking crane just a few metres away has been threatening to land on their properties for months. They say they are particularly scared when it is windy and the crane wobbles violently. The Coastal Trader spoke to councillor Jacqui Cotterill, who immediately put herself on the case and spoke to mayor Máximo Revilla. He says following the residents’ complaints, he contacted the Guardia Civil, fire brigade and Ministry of Industry, who sent a technician the same day to inspect the crane. “Despite the crane having moved a few centimetres on its base, the technician said it was safe,” reports Jacqui.
“However, he demanded to have all the papers and documents from the building company responsible and the Consellería de Industria (Ministry of Industry) is now taking steps to ensure the complete legality and continued safety of the crane.”


Calpe’s new primary school ‘dangerous’
PARENTS and teachers have hit out at the ‘appalling’ state of a newly-constructed primary school in Calpe. The PTA recently met with mayor Ximo Tur to discuss what they consider to be ‘dangerous defects’ in the building of the El Nou Paternina school.
Mums and dads say there is insufficient room for emergency vehicles such as ambulances and fire engines to access the complex. They also reveal that there is a high wall with loose stones near the playground, which was damaged during the floods in October 2007.
One of the iron fences is too easy for children to climb, meaning they could fall and be hurt, say members of the PTA. Inside the building, hallways and cloakrooms have an open wall exposed to the elements. An emergency council meeting was held on Thursday, attended by parents and teachers, to discuss possible solutions.

Terra Mítica in trouble again
POPULAR Benidorm theme park Terra Mítica appears to be in financial difficulties again, suggest sources from its management team.
The huge tourist complex, which attracts as many adult as child visitors, pulled itself out of receivership in 2005 thanks to the lucrative sale of land in the area.
And although profits have fallen since then, the park has managed to keep its head above water until now. Yet in spite of previous favourable results, 2008 is said to have been a disappointing year for the theme park, which closed the season with a deficit of around seven million euros.
Shareholders are now rumoured to be considering the sale of the complex.
Unofficial sources suggest the owners of Aqualandia and Mundomar, the Murcia Puchades family, may be interested in offering around 12 million euros to take over the theme park. But this suggestion has not yet been formally confirmed.

Dolphins galore off Serra Gelada
DOLPHINS can be found in abundance in the sea near Altea, L’Alfàs del Pi and Benidorm, a study by Valencia university reveals. There are more of these friendly sea creatures in the waters surrounding the Serra Gelada mountain nature reserve than anywhere else in eastern Spain. Those hoping to spot dolphins in the Mediterranean should camp out in Benidorm for a week, say experts.
This will be long enough to see one. But in the bay of Altea, you are likely to make out as many as one dolphin in the water every three days.
The study was carried out with the help of an Argentinean expert in dolphins in the Patagonia region of South America.
Jávea road collapses
A ROAD collapsed during the building of a villa in Jávea last week, and remains blocked off for motorists’ safety. The road leading up to Cap de Sant Antoni crumbled as a result of vibrations from diggers on Wednesday. Due to the risk of further breaking up of the road surface, the last 500 metres has been cordoned off, with access only permitted to those living in the area. All other drivers are asked to take the diversion along C/ Salem.

‘El Franky’ sentenced after 14 years in hiding
A WELL-KNOWN local drug-dealer who managed to stay in hiding for 14 years has finally been sentenced.
Francisco Javier Martínez San Millán lived as a fugitive after escaping arrest in 1992.
He had been living in a mansion in Dénia during most of that time, before the law caught up with him in 2006. Whilst in hiding, the rogue dealer, known as El Franky, organised the unloading of nearly five tonnes of cocaine from a boat off the cliffs of Tapia de Casariego (Asturias) in September 1997. He has been sentenced to 18 years in jail for this offence, and ordered to pay a fine of 300 million euros.

Government funds to be spent on trees
DÉNIA intends to spend part of its hand-out from Zapatero on olive trees.
In this year’s central government budget, numerous towns and cities across Spain were given a multi-million-euro sum to improve facilities and services for residents.
This week, Dénia council announced it will spend 125,000 euros on four olive trees and 12 flower-pots. This is part of a plan to revamp the CV-725 between Dénia and Ondara, at a total cost of nearly two million euros. Each of the Calabrese olive trees will cost 15,000 euros to purchase and plant, and the pots – which can take up to 5,000 litres of soil – will cost around 5,500 euros apiece. They will be planted on roundabouts along the CV-725. Another 1,500 euros will be spent on each of 138 palm trees for the same road.
Opposition councillors from the PSPV have argued that there are ‘other, more pressing priorities’ upon which to spend Zapatero’s cash boost.

Young residents get discounted rates
RESIDENTS aged under 31 could be eligible for a discount on their water and rubbish collection bills, reveals Benidorm’s councillor for taxation, Francisco Saval.
Those aged at least 18 who have been empadronados for at least a decade and live independently of their parents may apply.
Prerequisites include not earning more than twice the minimum wage, meaning the average full-time worker in the town will probably qualify. The bills in question must be in the householder’s own name. If the applicant is living in rented accommodation, he or she must have a tenancy agreement of at least 12 months. In the case of homeowners, the property must be the first and only residence that belongs to the applicant.
Residents who believe they or their children may qualify for the discounts can find out more from the town hall’s Área Económica.

‘Frightened’ schoolboy flees home on bicycle
A SCHOOLBOY who was frightened of telling his parents that he had failed his exams fled his Alicante home on his bike. The 17-year-old intended to reach the southern French city of Toulouse, where a friend of his lives. But after running away from home last Sunday, he was found on Thursday in Cullera. The police was informed when the youngster asked some other boys his own age for directions to Cullera sports centre, so he could use the showers. After they had been chatting for a while, the young fugitive told the teens that he was heading for France because he was scared to tell his parents he had failed his school exams. He then intended to cycle round the world, the youngster told his new pals. Cycling 45 kilometres a day, the youth made overnight stops in various towns, including Benidorm and Pego. He slept in the open air in his sleeping bag, and used the showers in local sports centres once they opened in the mornings.
Local Police in Cullera returned the boy safe and sound to his family. His mother said: “We were so worried. We didn’t know what could have happened to him.”
She and her husband had reported their son’s disappearance on Monday, after not having seen him for 24 hours.

British tourists mugged in pub

BRITISH tourists who were relieved of 200,000 euros’ worth of jewellery during a violent mugging last week recognised their attacker in a line-up leading to his arrest.
The couple were enjoying a drink in a pub on C/ Mallorca when they were approached by a man of Central American origin who punched them both, knocking them out.
Their jewellery, which comprised numerous items of gold and diamonds valued at nearly a quarter of a million euros, was taken off them whilst they lay unconscious on the bar floor. When the couple came round, they saw that their money had also been stolen.
But they did not report the incident until two days after the attack on Wednesday, March 11, and no witnesses came forward. Despite the delay, an extensive investigation by the violent crime squad of the National Police led to the arrest of a man from the Dominican Republic. He is said to have a previous record for violent muggings and other offences, but is residing legally in Spain. A later raid on a house led to the recovery of three of the most valuable items of jewellery stolen.
But the victims said that one of the objects, a gold cross, had been placed on a different chain and eight of its diamonds were missing.
Springsteen tickets selling out fast
TIME is running out to net tickets for the much-anticipated Bruce Springsteen concert in Benidorm. Entries for the show, at Les Foietes football stadium on July 30 this year, are selling like hot cakes, say organisers. Already, at the time of going to press, around 29,000 tickets have been snapped up. Only 35,000 places are available.
The North American rocker, known as The Boss, is in Benidorm as part of his world tour to promote his new album, Working on a dream.
He will be joined by supporting act, The E-Street Band, in what promoters describe as ‘the concert of the year’ for Benidorm.


Controversial motorway plans get mayor’s support

RESIDENTS in the Sierra de Mariola area calling for a halt to plans to slice the Agres valley in two with a new motorway have seen a further setback to their cause.
The mayor of Agres, Rafael Francés, says he supports the move to build the fast-speed highway from Benidorm passing through Villena and Muro d’Alcoi.
Plans include a 42-kilometre corridor linking the existing motorway from Almansa (Albacete) to Alicante with the L’Alcoià district, at a cost of 100 million euros.
Residents in Banyeres, Muro, Alcoi, Cocentaina, Bocairent, Agres and surrounding areas say the only benefit from the new motorway would be ‘to save eight minutes on the trip to Benidorm for tourists coming from Madrid’.
They want to see improvement works on the existing CV-700 carried out instead.
But with the support of the mayor of Agres, it appears the campaign of the 9,000-strong pressure group, Salvem la Valleta, may fall on deaf ears.
The Sierra de Mariola, a protected nature reserve, is home to numerous species of flora and fauna in danger of extinction and is a popular haven for walkers and nature-lovers.

Ikea to meet with Paterna mayor over new store plans

TALKS over the new Ikea store in Paterna could bring a final answer from the Swedish furniture chain any day now. Paterna’s mayor, Lorenzo Agustí, said earlier this month that he hoped to hold a meeting with representatives from the multinational firm before the Fallas fiestas were over. In the meantime, he is quietly confident that Ikea will be keen to set up a new store on the land in Paterna provisionally set aside for the purpose.
But Ikea itself threw up doubts in February when they said they were more keen to open the store in neighbouring Alfafar, the site of the existing MN4 shopping centre.
Agustí says Paterna council needs time to plan building of roads and access points to the centre, and is impatient for an answer. At the time of going to press, no definite response had been given by Ikea.

Teen arrested for incitement to race hate

A TEENAGER has been arrested in connection with painting xenophobic symbols on public buildings in L’Ollería. The suspect, 18, is believed to be responsible for a series of swastikas that recently appeared on walls in the town centre, including on the façade of the high school. Local Police caught the boy red-handed painting Nazi symbols on the front of a building in broad daylight.
Seeing that he had been discovered, the youth fled, but officers eventually caught up with him. He is believed to have been behind all the other Nazi symbols found painted round the town, as well as messages inciting race hate seen on walls around L’Ollería.
According to the Guardia Civil, who have been informed by mayor Julià Engó each time these messages appeared, the damage caused is in region of 6,000 euros.
This week, council technicians began a major clean-up operation. Engó reveals that 17 per cent of the population of L’Ollería are foreigners, all of whom interact peacefully with the natives and integrate fully in the culture and customs of the town.
He says for this reason, racist slogans and messages cannot be tolerated.

Animal rights group protests over circus

ANIMAL activists held a demonstration outside an Alcoi circus on Saturday.
The association Alicante Animalista claims the Circo Wonderland, currently set up in the fairground in Alcoi, treats its animals badly. They carried banners reading ‘animals are not clowns’, ‘no to circuses with animals’, and ‘no to animal slavery’. Two other protestors dressed as lions and carried signs saying, ‘I’d rather live at liberty’ and ‘where is my mother?’ “There are other ways of providing circus entertainment without using animals,” stressed a spokesperson for the association.

Mediaeval farm buildings and human bones found in Fonanars

HUMAN remains, together with at least 20 grain bins, dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries have been found in Fontanars. During an archaeological dig in what will be the Fontanars del Alforins park, next to the village centre, cavities were found that were thought to house early Mediaeval silos, or storage tanks for cereals. A total of 49 structures of various types, all thought to be old farm buildings and in various conditions, have been found in the past ten days. Among these were a small necropolis and various septic tanks, say archaeologists working on the site. They have also found numerous fragments of ceramics, carbon, metallic items and shards of human bones.
Most of these findings are in small pieces, although two or three vases have been dug up that are almost whole. They are believed to date back to between the tenth and 13th centuries, say historians from Ontinyent Archaeological Museum. After they have been cleaned up and studied, a marquee will be erected round the silos and other findings so that they can be visited by the public. Only part of the future park has been excavated, so archaeologists have not ruled out more fascinating finds on the site.

Graffiti classes for the youth of Xàtiva

GRAFFITI appreciation classes are being given in Xàtiva youth centre from March 29 to April 5. Teenagers, twenties and early thirty-somethings will learn how what appears to be vandalism at first glance can become an attractive form of modern art.
Whilst being taught how to create interesting, colourful graffiti, participants will also be warned of the importance of respecting local heritage. The art lessons are designed to help young people enhance the image of the town, and to give would-be vandals a creative outlet for self-expression. This workshop is led by El Duque, a renowned artist who shot to fame in the province of Valencia thanks to his trademark work of a chess pawn smiling. Those interested in taking part should enrol on the course at the Casa de la Joventut. The cost is 20 euros.

Pro-Franco streets to be renamed

STREET names that pay homage to dictator Francisco Franco must be changed, stress socialist councillors in La Pobla de Vallbona. They say that under the recently-passed Law of Historic Memory, all signs and emblems in public representing Franco’s regimen should be wiped out. Some of these street names include Ejército Español (‘Spanish Army’), and Falange Española, whilst others are named after Franco’s troops such as José Antonio Primo de Rivera, Teniente Coronel Alfonso Pelechá, and Calvo Sotelo.
The socialist party reminded mayoress Mari Carmen Contelles (PP) that more than 30 years had passed since the end of Franco’s reign and called for her to take urgent action to rename the streets.

Medal for mayor who serves village for 30 years
A MAYOR who has served his village for 30 years and remains in power has been awarded a medal. Felipe Miralles Solbes, a socialist councillor, has been mayor of Benimantell (near Guadalest) since April 1979. He was first elected when he was 40 years of age. And since then, Felipe has been elected by the majority every four years.
To commemorate his anniversary, the provincial council of Alicante have awarded him a gold medal. They also gave medals to another five councillors who have served their towns in the province for the same length of time. But Felipe is not sure whether he will put himself forward as candidate for the next local elections. “It’s not the same now. Everything has changed a lot in the town hall – it changes every day. “Now, even though it’s a small village, everything is done by computer – we have four or five of those; there are secretaries, technicians, accountants and architects from the provincial council, and many other things that young people understand better.” Yet this decision is not set in stone, since Felipe reveals: “I’ve said so many times that I wouldn’t put myself forward as candidate any more, but then everyone asked me to so I did it again.” A spokesman from the provincial council says it commends Felipe’s ‘great human and professional values’ and his ‘honest dedication to his people’.

Officers taken off the beat due to ‘lack of funds’

POLICE presence in Alcoi has been reduced – because the local council cannot afford to pay for officers to patrol the streets. Town hall sources say absences caused by sickness and annual leave are no longer being covered due to lack of funds, and additional officers on the beat have been withdrawn. They say the town does not have the funds to pay the police to patrol. Shifts have been reduced to cut funds, says the council.
Police officers’ overtime has also been decreased. Council workers also say they have been waiting for some time to be paid for overtime work they have carried out.
Police have not had this extra money all year, and many office workers have been waiting for around two months for their overtime pay.

Alzira residents question Iberdrola bills at consumer fair

IBERDROLA’S new electricity bill structure was one of the most-asked questions at a consumer trade stand in Alzira last week. To mark World Consumers’ Day on March 11, the government-led campaign involved setting up information stands in various towns throughout the region. Those manning the stall in Alzira said over 400 residents wanted to know about their rights and remedies concerning their electricity bills.
Iberdrola is now billing monthly, but invoices for alternate months show an estimated reading only. Since the launch of this new billing system, rates have rocketed and some householders find they are paying double for their electricity.

Email your questions to the mayoress

TOWNSPEOPLE in Benifaió can now ask their mayoress questions online, via the council’s website.
The new service, known as Directe amb l’alcaldessa (‘Directly with the mayoress’) allows residents to email their questions to Amparo Arcís. This means they will not necessarily have to go to the town hall in person to resolve doubts or queries.
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