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Brit family of four dead after Gibraltar stabbing

The bodies of a British man, along with a woman believed to be his Spanish wife and his children have been found stabbed to death in Gibraltar.

A British family of four, including two children, have been found stabbed to death in Gibraltar, local media reported on Monday. 

The Royal Gibraltar Police have confirmed that a British male, 31 has been found stabbed to death along with a Spanish woman, 37.

Two girls, aged four years old and six weeks old have also been found stabbed to death. 

Gibraltar police said they had ruled out natural causes but were not looking for anyone else involved.  

"These are unexplained deaths but they are not of natural causes – we will have to wait until the postmortems are carried out," the Royal Gibraltar Police said during a press conference on Monday afternoon. 

Police also confirmed that two UK Home Office pathologists would be flying out to Gibraltar tomorrow morning. 

The incident has sent shockwaves throughout Gibraltar, with the government saying in a statement released on Monday: 

"A peaceful society like the one we enjoy in Gibraltar will be hard-pressed to come to terms with such a horrendous tragedy."

Gibraltar's Chief Minister, Fabien Picard, said "As a husband and father, I – like no doubt all Gibraltarians and residents of Gibraltar – am in total shock to hear about this terrible crime."

The family, whose bodies were discovered in a rented flat, had only been in Gibraltar for a few days according to local media. 

Detectives and forensic officers have reportedly been working in the flat in Boschetti's Steps since early on Monday morning and the area remains cordoned off, according to local media. 

According to eye-witness reports quoted by the Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), at about 11am, a locally resident man was heard knocking loudly on his front door, as he called out to a visiting friend who had reportedly been staying with him.

When there was no response, the police was alerted and numerous police vehicles were soon parked at the scene. 

Gibraltar, a self-governing British overseas territory located on Spain's southern tip, measures just 6.8 square kilometres (2.6 square miles), and is home to about 30,000 people.

A spokesman from The Royal Gibraltar Police told The Local they would not comment on the matter until their press conference, scheduled for 5pm. 

 

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EXPLAINED: How to apply for parental leave in Spain

If you're about to become a parent in Spain, things have got easier with new legislation making men and women equal when it comes to parental leave. But who is eligible and how can you apply? We've put together a step by step guide.

EXPLAINED: How to apply for parental leave in Spain

Who is eligible?

As long as you have correctly paid your social security contributions (for a minimum of 180 working days within the past seven years or 360 in your entire professional life), 100 per cent of your salary will be covered.

The money comes from the Spanish government, not your employer, though employers are liable for certain taxes that pertain to the salary, such as withholding.

Freelance workers or autónomos can also apply for 16 week’s parental leave from the government. The amount they receive is calculated based on how much you regularly pay into the social security system under the autónomo system.

Same-sex couples and adoptive parents

In same-sex couples, both parents are entitled to paid leave. However, one will have to apply for maternity benefits and the other for paternity (or ‘other parent’) benefits.

In order to qualify for paid paternity or maternity leave, each parent must have a legal link with the child. This means that paid leave will only be granted if you are a biological parent, or if you have legally adopted the child. Being married to the biological or adoptive parent of a child is not enough to qualify for paid leave.

In the case of adoptive parents, both parents are elegible for the same 16 weeks if the child is under six years old. If the child is older, both adoptive parents are elegible for the remaining optional 10 weeks that a biological parent would have after the first compulsory six weeks after birth.

How long can can I take for parental leave?

Spain became a world leader when it comes to equality between both parents in Europe last year, with a law increasing paternity leave to 16 weeks – the same amount previously only reserved for new mothers.

Under this new law, which came into effect on 1 January 2021, maternity and paternity are equal and non-transferable. This means that if one parent decides not to take the time off, their partner can’t take those weeks in their place.

The first six weeks must be taken immediately and consecutively after the child’s birth, whereas the other 10 weeks can be taken non-consecutively during the first 12 months of the baby’s life.

Where do I apply?

Since April 2019, maternity and paternity leave have been brought together under an umbrella term known as prestación por nacimiento y cuidado del menor or parental leave.

Online

You can apply for parental leave online through your social security portal, either with your digital certificate or with your username and password with [email protected] (a digital signature system). To help with the process, you can use the social security portal’s virtual assistant, and if you need help with the [email protected] system, read this article.

You can also access it through the social security’s digital platform. Once you’ve logged in, all you have to do is fill in the details and upload the required paperwork. The portal will also allow you to estimate the amount of money you will receive, and the length of the parental leave according to the expected date of birth.

However, if you don’t have login details for [email protected], you can still do your application online through the social security website.

By post

If you would rather send the physical documents in the post, this is still possible. You can download, fill out the application and send it to your the branch of INSS (Instituto Nacional de la Seguridad Social). You can search for the address and phone number here.

In person

Finally, you can also go to your local Social Security Information and Attention Centre (CAISS) by prior appointment and fill out an application form there.

Which documents do I need to include?

In any case, you will have to provide the necessary paperwork. These include:

  • The application form, which you can find here. Here’s a PDF version.
  • ID of the parents (DNI, passport or NIE)
  • If you’re an employee, a certificate from your employer with the start date of the parental leave. This won’t be necessary if it has already been submitted by your employer.
  • A maternity form from your doctor
  • Your libro de familia: The marriage and baby booklet in which all births are recorded is in the process of going digital, but phasing out this century-old document will take time. For now, the Ministry of Justice has said it will continue issuing paper copies.

Other documents may be necessary depending on the circumstances. In case of adoption, you will need to include the required judicial documents establishing the adoption or granting foster care. If prior travel to the country of origin of the adopted child is necessary, you will also need documentation issued by the competent body of your autonomous community.

Who is eligible for extra leave?

Leave can be extended by one week per child in case of a multiple birth, and an extra week can also be applied for if the baby is born with a disability or health problems.

If the baby is premature or has to be hospitalised for longer than seven days, leave can be extended for up to an additional 13 weeks.

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