Expat Spain News

Latest 10 news items tagged Spain

22 Jan at 2 PM 2015

Expats demanding winter fuel allowance show proof of wintry conditions

Thousands of UK expats across the Europe are campaigning to ensure their winter fuel payments are not scrapped, and many have now taken to sending photos to show just how cold conditions are in the countries they live in during the winter months. Under a new government proposal, expats living in Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar, France, Malta, Cyprus and Greece will no longer receive their winter fuel allowances (around £200- £300 per year) as of next winter because the countries they live in are considered too warm. However, expats in...
14 Jan at 4 PM 2015

British expat pensioners in Cyprus fighting to keep winter fuel allowance

British expat pensioners in the Mediterranean nation of Cyprus are fighting tooth and nail to keep their winter fuel benefits after a proposal to take the allowance away from them due to the climate they live in was tabled. The UK government is considering taking winter fuel allowances away from pensioners from 2015-16 if the country they live in has an average annual temperature than the proposed set level. This ruling would not only would affect expats in Cyprus, but also other European nations such as Spain, Portugal, France, Malta...
13 Jan at 4 PM 2015

Spain: British expats wanted for ‘underpaid’ property tax

British expats who have purchased property in Spain at reduced prices in recent years may be told they have to make back payments on tax bills. Authorities in the Iberian country are currently looking thousands of property sales from the past four years and working out whether the costs were knocked down in order to make the sales. However, authorities in Spain can review sales prices years after properties are bought and decide whether or not they agree with the price. The Impuesto de Transmisiones Patrimoniales (ITP), known as...
26 Dec at 12 PM 2014

Expats open the door to the homeless at Christmas

A pair of Brits living in Spain welcomed two homeless men into their flat this Christmas and are allowing them to stay there until after the new year. Twenty-one-year-olds Barcley Spicer Jenkins and Ed Lloyd have allowed two homeless men from the Czech Republic to stay in their house in Estepona over the two-week festive season while they visit family in the UK. The Brits carried out their act of generosity after becoming friends with Roman Sikyta, 38, and Petr Spanel, 27, in the past few months. The Czechs, who said the gesture...
18 Dec at 2 PM 2014

Spain: Expat aims to ban circus on Casares and Manilva

A British expat in Spain is campaigning to outlaw animal circuses in the southern Spanish towns of Casares and Manilva after they were banned in Malaga. The animal-loving expat, Angela Ferguson, from the English country of Middlesex, is of the opinion that the law that was introduced in Malaga should be applied all along the Costa del Sol, a coastline popular among British expats, short-stay residents and holidaymakers. Malaga mayor Francisco de la Torre ruled on 14 December that circuses that include animals as part of their...
11 Dec at 3 PM 2014

UK expats in Cyprus to campaign for fuel allowance

British expats living in Cyprus are ready to campaign against the UK government’s proposal to stop their winter fuel allowance from next year. Expats residing in the Mediterranean country have said the eligibility tests that UK citizens have to go through to see if they’re entitled to the winter fuel payments were “unfair and sneaky”. The UK government announced last year that as of 2015, winter fuel payments would no longer be made to citizens living abroad unless they lived in countries that had an average winter...
9 Dec at 2 PM 2014

Expats in Spain help collect hundreds of thousands of kilos of food for the poor

A food campaign organised by food bank Bancosol to assist poor people in Spain has been a huge success, thanks in part to the large number of expats who helped. The results went way beyond what was expected, with the food bank collecting a total of 703,000 kilos of food – more than 100,000 kilos more than what was initially targeted. The food will now be used to feed families in need. Collection points were set up at supermarkets along the Costa del Sol, home to a large number of British expats, many of whom either purchased a...
23 Nov at 2 PM 2014

Expat Book: Lisa Sadleir and Moving to Spain With Children

We're thrilled to announce that Lisa Sadlier, winner of our Education and Integration Schools blogging competition, has just had her first book published. Congrats Lisa! So if you are thinking about moving to Spain with with your kids, check out "Moving to Spain with children" and, once you're there, start blogging and join our thriving community! <h3>Moving to Spain with Children, by Lisa Sadleir.</h3> If you search online you will find a multitude of books about Spain; books set in spain; books about: moving...
14 Nov at 2 PM 2014

British expats in Spain warned about healthcare registration

The UK’s Department of Health has warned Spanish-based expats that they have to properly register with authorities in the country to make sure they have full protection in the state healthcare system. “Moving to Spain? Think about Healthcare!” is the <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/think-healthcare-when-moving-to-spain-or-it-could-cost-you-time-worry-and-money-warns-new-video">new video</a> produced by the department. The video, which informs would be expats that the process can...
6 Nov at 6 PM 2014

Hidden financial and legal hurdles cause most expat stress

A recently released survey warns that would-be expats seeking a new life overseas should watch out for hidden hurdles such as tax and currency issues or unfamiliar legalities. Up to 400,000 Brits emigrate every year, with most citing a more relaxed lifestyle as a major reason for their life-changing decision. However, the survey revealed that it’s not the most alien destinations as regards language and culture which cause the most stress – it’s mostly all-time favourite English-speaking countries such as Australia and the...