Nov 2015 03


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A1 SafeSecure Electricians

Time and time again A1 SafeSecure Electricians hear about people on the Costa being ripped off by companies and individuals.
As most people are aware you now have a choice of companies to buy your electricity from; Endesa, Iberdrola, Fórmula Luz and Som Energia to name only a few.
However there are some companies informing people that if you have a 3 phase supply into your property, then this needs to be converted to a single phase supply with the appropriate certification (Boletin) THIS IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE and is a scam to make money, lots of money!
All suppliers will provide both single phase and 3 phase contracts.
After all 60% – 70% of properties in Andalucia alone have a 3 phase supply, so why put yourself out of this share of the market.
What is true however is that you will need a current “Certificado de Instalación Eléctrica de Baja Tensión” or “Boletin”
Most properties under 15 years old will have this as part of the constructors certification of completion.
If you are thinking of changing supplier, apply for the new contract and the supplier will inform you whether or not you have the required paperwork.
Of course there will be older properties that do not have a current certification, in these cases A1 SafeSecure Electricians can carry out the necessary work and issue the boletin.

Sep 2015 30

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Why employ a full time graphic designer when you can hire one on a monthly retainer to suit your marketing budget.

Paul Scotton Design can guarantee a lower hourly rate if your company sets up a contract with us for as many hours a month you require at a set fee.

It’s a great solution for any company to keep up to date with fresh marketing materials and adverts etc without overspending the marketing budget.

Remember, ‘Graphic Design’ is not an expense …it is an investment in your company.

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Who is Paul Scotton Design
Jul 2013 02

I have been in the graphic design industry since 1981 working in London, Los Angeles and Spain. My career started in the traditional way on a drawing board, using Rotoring Pens, Magic Markers, Pantone Pens and Letraset working as a Designer / Visualiser / Artworker for the music and video industry, designing record sleeves, video covers, point-of-sale and adverts for the music press.
During a 6 month stay in Los Angeles I was designing t-shirt graphics for many well known clients including the official celebration t-shirts for the LA Dodgers when they won the World Series in 1988.
On returning to the UK I was recruited as a Package Designer / Product Developer for a large international toy company. The packaging and products I worked on were for licensed merchandise including: Mr Men / Little Miss, Pink Panther, Postman Pat, Animal Hospital, Creature Comforts, Shrek, Looney Tunes, Captain Pugwash, M&M’s and Forever Friends etc.

Energy Performance Certificates for Homes
Jun 2013 25

A1 SafeSecure Electricians can now supply Energy Performance Certificates for your home, offering personal service in English for foreign owners.
Please contact us by email – or telephone 951 273 638 for further information
At A1 SafeSecure Electricians, we are proud of the quality of our EPC assessment services. We offer a qualified, experienced team of domestic and commercial EPC Assessors.
The government will require all existing homes that are for sale or rent (for continuous periods of 4 months or longer) to have an “energy certificate.”
The Ministry of Industry has finalised a set of regulations that make it obligatory for all homes that are sold or rented in Spain to have an “energy efficiency certificate”. This is a document that describes how efficient your home’s energy consumption is and will cost from 350 euros for the average home. The measure is a European initiative, and came into force on the 1st of June, 2013.
The European directive aims to increase energy efficiency in buildings and homes in order to protect the environment, and makes it compulsory for all new and existing homes which come onto the market, whether for sale or for rent, to have this certificate.

Dec 2011 01

Spain’s new centre-right Government has confirmed the first round of its new spending cuts and tax rises in an unprecedented raft of austerity measures that should total 16.2 billion euros this year.
The Cabinet says that the plan will meet the eurozone pact and will allow the country to avoid being attacked further by the financial markets.
Spain’s higher than expected year-end deficit, which jumped from the forecast six per cent to eight per cent, was the catalyst for these previously unforeseen steps, according to the Spanish Deputy Prime Minister, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría. This two per cent ‘gap’ represents a shortfall of approximately 20 billion euros.
“This is the beginning of the beginning,” said Sáenz de Santamaria, adding that the country is facing “an extraordinary, unexpected situation, which will force us to take extraordinary and unexpected measures.”
Spending cuts
A total of 8.9 billion euros is being slashed from government departments’ budgets in 2012. The Ministry for Public Works bears the brunt with a 1.6 billion euro cut; followed by the Foreign, Industry and Finance ministries, that will lose a billion each.
Indeed, no department remains unaffected. For instance, the Employment, Health, and Defence ministries will lose 485 million, 409 million and 340 million euros, respectively. The majority of the cuts will be presented in the new budget in March.
Pay freeze
Last Friday’s announcement confirmed a pay freeze for Spanish civil servants as well as an extension to their working week from 35 to 37.5 hours. Similarly, an already-approved Royal Decree states that public sector workers will not be replaced for an unspecified time period, except in the Health sector, Education, the Military and the State Security.
The minimum wage has also been frozen for the first time since its creation. It will remain at 641.40 euros. However, pensions will increase by one per cent, although this is still below the current 2.4 per cent rate of inflation.
Other “unexpected measures” include suspending plans to extend paternity leave from two weeks to one month until 2013.
Tax hikes
In the Government’s plans, the IRPF income tax is to be increased. Those earning below 16,000 euros are to pay 0.75 per cent more per annum and those who earn in excess of 300,000 euros will be required to pay seven per cent more income tax. In her speech last Friday, Sáenz de Santamaría described the step as “fair and progressive.”
The IBI property tax is also going up, this time by 10 per cent. The deputy PM was keen to stress that this was “temporary” as it would only last two years and would, in addition, affect only the “above average value property.” However, most analysts say this equates to half of all properties in municipalities on the Costa del Sol. It is estimated the IRPF and IBI hikes will generate 6.2 billion euros.
Praise and criticism
After the Spanish Government set out its plans, the Vice President of the European Commission, Olli Rehn, who is responsible for Economic and Monetary Affairs, expressed his regret over the large deficit gap but welcomed the commitment of the new administration to correct the situation by 2013.
He said: “This consolidation package is sizeable and a very important step to shore up public finances, reassure financial markets, and to reform public administration”.
However, others have been less enthusiastic. Marc Weisbrot, the director of the influential, Washington DC-based Centre for Economic and Policy Research told this newspaper: “There seems to be no real measure to actually boost the country’s productivity. These cuts seem more of a ‘slash and burn’ approach when proper structural reforms are needed.
“Also, there are no measures to tackle Spain’s phenomenally high unemployment rate. If anything, these plans will in fact increase job losses in the short term.”.