Under new criteria around a third of those currently benefiting from the RMI will have it terminated (read article in Castilian here, El Pais). The Generalitat are to impose new conditions on those eligible to receive the financial aid which means that thousands of people will be left without the monthly payment. The new checks being put in place will affect those most socially excluded and the least likely to return to work who have received it for over five years, of which nearly 2,300 people will see their payment stopped and those who have exhausted unemployment benefits will now have to wait six months after they have received their last unemployment benefit payment until they can have access to the RMI. Other measures included in the changes to the Ley de Acompañamiento de los Presupuesto, is that the person has to have resided in Catalunya for two years and that they can't earn in other benefits over €641 a month (the current minimum wage). These measures are all in a bid to curb the increase of those people requesting the RMI since the start of the crisis. Figures show that in 2008 around 12,570 people benefited from the financial aid but last April the figure had risen to 33,700. The Generalitat will allocate €130 million to the RMI this year, €40 million more than last year. Social workers questioned agree that there is a need to control cases where the aid has become what some see as "lifetime support" that discourages the beneficiary from changing their situation. Sources of the department of social welfare warned that "we must admit that there will always be a small group who are not able to be socially integrated and we must ask what we do to take care of them."
Air conditioning can weaken the immune system and aggravate respiratory diseases (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). Santiago Nogué, head of Emergencies at the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona said that "the human body is able to adapt to these changes in temperature as long as they do so gradually not suddenly". He warned that skipping from the warm to the cold and vice versa can cause illness and chills, all symptoms of a weakened immune system which encourages the occurrence of colds. Although not a serious health problem it is still a common reason for doctors' visits this time of year. It is recommended that in offices and houses you should keep air conditioning balanced to your body temperature with the ideal temperature between 28º and 30ºc although though the human body can tolerate heat up to 36º. Users of public transport are the most affected as the oscillation of temperatures there are so great. La Vanguardia found that between the 22nd and 23rd August the temperature on the street was around 30ºC whilst inside trains, metro, buses and trams the temperature was on average 25ªC whilst on the platforms the thermometers read 32ºC.
An increase in police fines for antisocial behaviour seems to be working to decrease violations (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). Using date from the last three months, it has been revealed that there have been 10,971 fines issued compared to 9,502 during the three same months last year with penalties for drinking now exceeding 5,000. Joaquim Forn, deputy first mayor said that the increased monitoring and fines imposed this summer is the formula needed to contain and curb antisocial behaviour. But Forn states that it down to more than just an increase of fines and highlights the success of dismantling the storage and wholesale distribution points of those vendors selling illegal alcohol on the streets, which has resulted in a reduced presence of lateros and seizures of their alcohol down by 63 percent when compared with last year. In addition resident complaints about this have dropped by 14 percent. Forn warned that the increased presence of police will remain until the end of September but after the Mercè fiestas, a re-ordering of priorities will occur. Currently 40 officers have been devoted primarily to the task of stopping uncivil behaviour following complaints.