Spain increases the minimum wage by 8%

The Spanish Conservative government of Mariano Rajoy increases the minimum wage by 8%. As a minority in the Congress of Deputies, with only 135 of the 350 deputies sitting there, Mr Rajoy gave in. On 1 January 2017, some 5.5 million Spaniards who perceive the SMI will spend 655.20 euros a month (14 monthly payments) to 707.60 euros.

After almost a year of political blockade, during which the executive could only dispatch current affairs, the new Cabinet of the People’s Party (PP, right), formed on November 4, finally resumed a “normal” activity “. But it is far less assured than that led by the previous government team, which had an absolute majority in Parliament. No more the “steamroller,” as the opposition called it. The increase in the minimum wage is the first tangible consequence of these new times. Described as “demagogic” by employers and welcomed by trade unions, which however did not appreciate not having been invited to participate in the agreement with the PSOE.

Whether it’s for health reasons or a lifestyle choice, gluten free shoppers can indulge and enjoy lots of the Christmas classics this festive season from the ‘Waitrose Love Life Free From’ range, including mince pies, Christmas cake and Christmas pudding.

No seasonal gathering would be complete without a festive mince pie or two and the Waitrose Love Life Free From Mince Pies (£2.50, four pack) is a delicious treat for those going gluten-free. With a fruity citrus mincemeat and a crumbly gluten-free pastry dusted in sugar, these are a great alternative for the whole family.

For the perfect party snack, pick up a pack of the Waitrose Love Life Free From Christmas Cake Bites (£2.50, nine pack) – these deliciously moreish treats are made from moist, rich fruit cake with vine fruit, cherries and dates topped with a layer of marzipan and icing – perfect with a glass of eggnog or mulled wine.

Moving on to the main event, Waitrose has plenty of alternatives to make sure everyone at the table is well fed. Rise to the occasion with Waitrose Love Life Yorkshire Pudding Mix (£1.59/130g) and wow your gluten free visitors with homemade bread sauce using Waitrose Love Life Gluten Free Rice Breadcrumbs (£2.09/250g).

For show-stopping gluten-free finales to the Christmas feast try the Waitrose Love Life Free From Christmas Pudding (£5.00/454g), a deliciously rich fruit pudding made with cider, brandy, almonds, walnuts and pecan nuts, alternatively try the Love Life Free From Whole Christmas Cake (£5.00/480g), a moist fruit cake with sultanas, raisins, glace cherries, dates, almonds and walnuts finished with a marzipan star.

Waitrose also has a great range of other sweet treats including Cherry Bakewell’s, Chocolate Brownies or Rocky Road there are plenty of options. Kate Rider, Waitrose Free-From Buyer, says: “The popularity of our free from range continues to go from strength to strength and it’s great that we are able to offer our customers gluten-free Christmas classics so they too can indulge in festive favourites. While for many it’s a matter of necessity not choice, gluten-free has also become a lifestyle trend and with a wide range of ‘free from’ food to choose from, we’ve got something for everyone this Christmas.”