Volume 12

1Casa News from Spain - No. 12
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More People Leaving UK
It seems that hectic lifestyles, ever increasing house prices, high taxation, inferior schooling, Council Tax increases and of course the weather are leading to nearly 200,000 English people a year moving overseas.
Analysts have predicted that the exodus is set to grow, as the UK’s ageing population means there are more retired people able to move abroad, also the growth in low price airlines and the variety of destinations now on offer all makes it cheaper to jet off to the sun.
Numbers released in November by the UK Office for National Statistics showed that 190,000 Britons moved overseas last year. This figure does not take into consideration  people who are spending long periods abroad. The figures show a 50% increase in the number of British people moving overseas since 1998.
AnchorHigh Hopes for Tax Savings
Pedro Solbes, the Spanish Economy Minister, has said that the Government is looking at ways of alleviating expenses for first-time buyers of homes in which the buyers will themselves reside. The measures to be taken will likely include the simplification of duties and a lowering of taxation rates.
These measures were first mooted by María Antonia Trujillo, the Housing Minister, and are likely to be designed to help those less well off acquire a home. Housing Associations will also benefit from the new measures.
Business Booms in Malaga Province
Last year was a good one for business in the province of Malaga, the economy growing by 3.5%, a higher percentage than in the rest of Spain. The figures, released by the Unicaja bank, show that average economic growth in Spain during 2004 was 2.6%, meaning that Malaga’s growth rate of 3.5% has outstripped that of the rest of the country by nearly 30%. The economy of Malaga province has grown by around 75% over the last ten years. The official registered population reached 525,000 during 2004, although by common belief many long-term residents of the province do not appear on any census count.
The airlines Iberia, Air Europa and Spanair have all started the year with discounts of up to 50 per cent. Their aim is to slow the growth of “no frills” companies which are constantly expanding into new territory. In fact Easyjet carried 2.1 million passengers in December 2004, an increase of 28 per cent on 2003. (Sur in English - 14 January 2005)
Malaga C.F.
Racing Santander 2 - Málaga 1.  Another defeat as Malaga lose to Racing Santander in a relegation battle.  This latest game cost manager, Gregorio Manzano, his job.  He is replaced by B team coach Antonio Tapia.
Malaga face Sevilla in a derby game at La Rosaleda on Saturday 15th January 2005 at 22.00 hours .
World's Best Gather in Spain
Football governing bodies FIFA and UEFA will next month stage a fundraising match between the "cream of world football" to raise money for the victims of the Asian tsunami disaster.
The "Football for Hope" match will take place at Barcelona's Nou Camp stadium on February 15, the world and European football bodies said in a joint statement on Thursday.
One side will be led by FIFA world player of 2004, Ronaldinho, and coached by Brazil's World Cup winning coach Carlos Alberto Parreira and Frank Rijkaard of the Netherlands.  The other will be headed by European football of the 2004, Andriy Shevchenko, and coached by the bosses of Juventus and Arsenal, Marcello Lippi and Arsene Wenger.
The remaining players will be announced at a later date, FIFA and UEFA said. "Just like the rest of the international community, the worldwide football family is determined to do everything possible to help the individuals and football associations that have been so severely affected by the terrible tsunami tragedy," FIFA president Sepp Blatter said.
UEFA president and FIFA vice-president Lennart Johansson said that the tsunami tragedy had "provoked an unprecedented outpouring of solidarity around the globe.  The football community has a duty to be a party to this overwhelming demonstration of human togetherness."
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