Expat Spain News

Latest 10 news items tagged Spain

26 Mar at 12 PM 2015

Neglected paperwork could result in expats losing their state pension

Pensioners from the UK who live abroad need to keep up to date with their paperwork or they will risk losing their state pension. Expats over the age of 75 regularly receive forms sent by the Department of Work and Pensions, requesting proof that they are still alive. They only have nine months to complete these forms and return them. If the deadline is missed then the government cuts off their pensions as they are assumed to have passed away. In December 2013, these forms were introduced to prevent people from fraudulently trying to...
9 Mar at 2 PM 2015

Expats take the stage in Spain

An expat singer and an expat photographer are set to showcase their talent to citizens of the Iberia country. Jazz musician Patrick Knowles moved from his adopted home on the Costa del Sol in 1997 in order to take his career to the next stage in the US. He revealed that since he had been Stateside, he and his accompanying band, Swing Thing, had played in each of the country’s great jazz venues. Now fully established, he has returned to Spain for a nationwide tour which began on 5 March on Puerto Banus. Other cities he will visit...
8 Mar at 6 PM 2015

Mother of expat murdered in Spain speaks of problems in dealing with authorities

The mother of a British man murdered near the Spanish town of Benalmadena in April 2010 has spoken of the problems she has had in dealing with the Spanish authorities since his death. Paul Fether, 31, was killed almost five years ago but his mother Beryl revealed that she had received no definite information about what happened to him and still did not know where his possessions were. Beryl said that it was really upsetting as she had no clue what actually happened. She admitted that her son was no saint, but said the Spanish...
19 Feb at 4 PM 2015

Search for missing Brit in Portugal widens to Spain

Police searching for a missing British expat in Portugal have said that he may have crossed over the border into southern Spain. Thirty-one-year-old Jon Edwards, originally from Arbroath in eastern Scotland, lived in the southwestern Portuguese town of Lagos but hasn’t been seen since September. Two days before disappearing, Edwards knocked himself out after falling down a hill when drunk at a party. The following day he said on Facebook that the night was a “complete disaster” and that he was a “broken man”. He also...
19 Feb at 4 PM 2015

Spain: UK expat raising awareness about carbon monoxide poisoning

A British expat whose sister died of carbon monoxide poisoning is trying to raise awareness in his adopted homeland of Spain, where three times as many people die from inhaling toxic fumes than they do in the UK. English teacher Adam Samuel, 33, lost his sister Katie five years ago after she inhaled toxic fumes. Carbon monoxide is a gas that can be produced when fuel is burnt without sufficient ventilation or by not fitting appliances correctly. On average, 125 people die in Spain each year after inhaling the poisonous gas,...
13 Feb at 9 AM 2015

Spanish police Facebook assisting expat drivers on Facebook

An officer from Spain’s Guardia Civil has been publishing valuable driving tips for expats living in the Iberian country. Around 3,000 foreigners living in Spain have already used the social media page for tips on driving in the country after it was set up by Francisco Morales, a police officer in Torrevieja. His decision to set up the Facebook page in English came on the back of changes to driving licence laws that had the potential to confuse expats. Morales explained that there had been a number of changes to the laws in recent...
12 Feb at 3 PM 2015

Brit arrested for killing suspected paedophile in Spain

A British expat has been arrested in Spain suspected of killing a German man he caught filming his daughter with a single punch. Witnesses in the restaurant in the upmarket resort of Sotogrande where the incident occurred, said the man was 40-year-old Kainth Davinder. They claimed he grabbed an iPad out of Sandro Rottman’s hand and discovered pictures of his daughter on it before punching him. Rottman, 43, was rushed to hospital but died soon after. Police said that he had been arrested in January for possessing child pornography....
6 Feb at 9 AM 2015

Expat landlord in Spain wins court case against non-paying tenant

A British expat landlord in Spain has won a lengthy legal battle against a tenant who failed to pay rent for two years. Sixty-six-year-old Dave Lomas from Middlesbrough can finally breathe a sigh of relief after his non-paying tenant was ordered to move out of the premises in Campillos, southern Spain, by 10 March. This came after a two-year legal struggle in which Lomas fought for the tenant to be evicted. Lomas, who even staged a one-man protest outside his property in November, might have his home back but he is unlikely to ever...
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...