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"During his six years working for St Helens Council Education Department, Paul was, among other things, our in-house "languages expert", doing the translating, interpreting and liaison with our twin towns in Chalon-Sur-Saône, France, Stuttgart, Germany and El Prat de Llobregat, Spain. His participation has enabled us to maintain strong links with all three towns, particularly in the field of education, where he set up and managed a very successful work experience programme for sixth formers"
Brian Mainwaring, Director of Education, St Helens Council, August 1995

Spanish cuts PDF
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 00:00
 

Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, today announced a series of austerity measures as the price of the European bailout of Spain's banking sector. Read on for a round-up of the main measures:

 

• Reform of public administration, cutting €3.5bn
• A "drastic reduction" in the number of local public companies, and a reduction in the number at national level
• "Corrective mechanisms" for regional spending, and a new liquidity mechanism to help fund Spain's regions
• Civil servants benefits will be cut, and senior workers will lose the Christmas bonus. Further cuts at ministries are planned.
• Funding for unions and political parties will fall by 20%
• A review of unemployment benefits
• VAT will rise to 21%, from 18%. Property tax breaks will be eliminated, and 'indirect taxes' on energy will be raised
• Income tax will be cut
• State assets including airports and railways will be sold off

It looks like tough times ahead.

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Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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