The cost of renting an apartment or house in Spain went up by 3.4 percent last month, which is the smallest rise since 2003, which is when the National Institute of Statistics here began keeping records on the subject (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). However, in contrast, inflation recorded negative numbers once again in May.
The Generalitat's Education department today releases the results of tests taken by 11 and 12 year-olds and they do not make happy reading for parents or teachers: 25 percent of pupils failed the tests in Catalan, Castilian and mathematics, which they sat last month (article in Castilian, El Periodico). This is the first year that all students in the last year of primary school, and in both private and public schools, have taken this external evaluation, some 64,400 children. The pass rate was set at 70/100, because the test was deemed to be relatively easy—it aims to test 'basic knowledge' of the three subjects.
The Spanish Congreso de los Diputats ruled yesterday that drivers won't be liable to lose points from their driving licence if exceed the speed limit of 80 kilometres that was introduced by the Generalitat on roads that lead into Barcelona with the aim of reducing pollution and accidents (article in Catalan, Avui). According to a new traffic law, which is soon to come into force, drivers can only face this penalisation if they exceed the national 130 kilometre per hour speed limit.
This evening, an inaugural event will kick off a year to commemorate Ildelfons Cerdà, the 19th-century Catalan architect who made a significant contribution to the development of Barcelona with his creation of the Eixample—this year marks 150 years since the approval of his Pla de Reforma i Eixample de Barcelona, a scheme for renovating and expanding the city which needed to find more space outside the overcrowded old town. The Centre de Cultura Contemporani de Barcelona (CCCB) is co-ordinating events for this Any Cerdà (Cerdà Year), so check their website for details of what's being done to remember this man and his design that proved so important to the city.