The Superior Justice Court of Catalunya has overturned the act approved by the Generalitat at the end of January 2007 to regulate practitioners of natural therapies here (article in Catalan, Avui).The ruling was made because it said that the act regarded the practice of natural therapies as practising medicine ('actuació sanitària') and that this contravened national law on the issue: in the sentence, the court noted that "medical activities can only be carried out by medical professionals and in recognised medical establishments". The Health Ministry is currently studying the natural therapy sector and considering future regulations to be applied to it.
The homeless people who have been living in a 'shantytown' (barraca) on a piece of wasteland in Poblenou for the past few months have said they will leave today according to the council (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). Residents living nearby have complained about the perceived risk of infections resulting from the insanitary conditions in the camp and build-up of rubbish there. Social workers have met with the 20 or so people living on the piece of land and negotiated with them so that they will leave of their own accord today. The space, which used to be the location of a Burberry's factory, had long been used by people without permanent housing, but locals say they became more concerned in recent months because of the rise in the number of people moving there.
A report issued by the Ministry of Housing claims that there are just under 100,000 newly-built homes currently sitting unsold in Catalunya (article in Castilian, El Periodico). Barcelona is the Spanish province with the most new homes waiting to be sold, with over 55,000 houses; overall in Spain, there are 613,512 unsold new houses, of which almost half are on the Mediterranean coast.