Data published in the middle of April show that the price of electricity, fuel and gas in Málaga has increased by more than 88 per cent in a year.  The National Institute of Statistics (INE) report on the local cost of living during March shows that their cost rose by 22.4 per cent between February and March,

The INE says that 33 of the 41 sectors which are considered when the cost of living is calculated have shown price increases.  These include food which rose by 7.9 per cent in Málaga in the last year, non-alcoholic beverages by 6.7 per cent, alcoholic beverages by 2.7 cent, and tobacco by 2.4 per cent.  The largest increase was recorded in accommodation costs which rose of 17.7 per cent.  There were some small decreases including -3.2 per cent in telephone and fax services.

Commenting on the figures, the Minister of Economic Affairs said  that inflation had reached “unacceptable” levels and that the government was “working intensely” to reduce energy prices.  Already, added Nadia Calviño, fuel has been reduced by 20 cents per litre, while talks continue with the EU in an effort to reduce electricity prices in wholesale markets.

The Confederation of Andalucían Entrepreneurs (CEA) has called for a national plan to mitigate the effects of escalating inflation on business and family economies.  And the region’s trades unions have called for “compensatory measures” to help balance the loss of purchasing power suffered by workers.

It is understood that the new legislation will be modelled on similar laws in Sweden and Germany which criminalize sex without clearly expressed consent as rape.  Experts say “yes means yes” is more effective that “no means no,” which often places the burden on victims and prosecutors to prove unwanted contact.