Twenty-four hours after being moved on by police, at the request of the health department of the Generalitat, residents returned last night to stage protests at various doctor's surgeries (CAPs) in the Vallès area, by occupying the premises of health centres threatened with closure (read article in Catalan here, El Punt-Avui). Around 100 inhabitants from Sabadell camped out at the town's Centre d'Atenció Primària de Ca n'Oriac. “Yesterday they warned us that we would have to leave, either the easy or the hard way, and today a lot of people have gathered so that they can't move us on," said one of the members of the protest, Héctor Giménez Catalan. Protests also took place at the CAP in Badia del Vallès, which was occupied last night by around 100 people, as well as in Castellar del Vallès and Santa Perpètua de Mogoda. On Tuesday night, the Mossos d'Esquadra evicted residents that had been camping out at the CAPs in the Vallès for more than a month; however, the protestors have already said that they have no intention of halting their night-time occupation of medical centres.
The Generalitat is going to investigate the 6,707 cases of uncashed cheques for the August payment of the renta mínima de inserción (a financial benefit paid to those in Catalunya without other sources of income) to discover why claimaints didn't cash their cheques (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). In the meantime, those people who still haven't received their August payment, which is normally made by bank transfer but was done by cheque last month as a way of identifying fraudulent claims, will have to wait a few more days to get their money, according to social workers yesterday. Some of these claimants run the risk of having their benefit stopped if they can't prove that they were at home last month and that their cheque didn't arrive for reasons out of their control, such as a hospital admission or a mistake by the Post Office, for example.
The Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) and the opposition Partido Popular (PP) have raised doubts about the possibility of reaching agreement with the Catalan party Convergència i Unió (CiU) over the amendment to the Spanish Constitution, which is currently being discussed in the Congress, regarding the setting of debt limits for central and local governments (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). Negotiations are continuing by the Spanish parties to try and persuade CiU to support the change, but none of the sides are convinced that an agreement is on the horizon. Once today's deadline for the presentation of amendments to the wording of the proposed change, which includes a rule regarding budgetary stability, has passed, new talks will begin between the three parliamentary groups with the aim on the part of the Spanish parties of either convincing CiU to vote in favour for the amendment or, if that's not possible, then to abstain from tomorrow's vote. Yesterday lunchtime, CiU sent the two Spanish parties a short document that outlined the amendments that it is planning to register today with the Congress. The text proposes a new text for Article 135.5 (the one that is due to be amended) that would mean that the future law for budgetary stability only affects the Spanish central government rather than the autonomous communities as well.