Expat Spain News

Latest 10 news items tagged Spain

13 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Tremlett petition may give hope to long term UK expats in Spain

Long-term British expats in Spain are watching in hope that Giles Tremlett’s efforts on their behalf will succeed. As the information-starved Brexit saga rumbles on, British expats living in Spain are stuck in no-man’s land with no-one to turn to for answers. Long-term Brit residents originally came to EU member state Spain with the assurance their rights would be guaranteed and, even though many were denied the right to vote in the referendum as they’d been outside the UK for over 15 years, are now faced with having to...
12 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Expats make a difference for Estepona stray dogs

A dedicated team of expat dog-lovers are working together to rehabilitate and rehome Estepona’s stray dogs. Spain is just one of several Mediterranean countries with a stray dog problem, a situation which causes distress to UK expats who’ve been brought up with the saying ‘a dog is for life, not just for Christmas’. As a result, it’s almost always Brits who commit their time and talents to making life happier for dogs rescued from the streets after being abandoned by their owners. Estepona’s Adana Dog Shelter is one of...
12 Jan at 6 PM 2017

British expat retirees not responsible for failing NHS

In spite of the perceived wisdom that elderly Brit expats are wrecking the NHS, aided and abetted by EU pensioners living in the UK, figures show the vast majority use heathcare provided by their countries of residence. Using numbers provided via a freedom of information request, the BBC has published an article with figures proving that the vast majority of UK expat retirees use local services under the EEA health card agreement. In Spain, 70,000 British retirees are registered to use the Spanish healthcare system, whilst in the UK...
11 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Exiting EU Committee to hear rights retention arguments from expat group

January 18 will see the formal recognition of a group fighting for Brit expats’ rights after Brexit when their evidence is given to the Exiting EU Committee. The committee, chaired by MP Hilary Benn, will hear that UK expats in Spain are living in fear of Brexit’s effects on their lives. According to the Olive Press, the Madrid-based Guardian journalist Giles Tremlett is expected to speak for the group, emphasising his belief that both EU citizens in the UK and UK expats across the EU should be allowed to retain their rights...
5 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Expats providing UK temporary care defend their rights and motivations

Following reports in the UK media that unqualified British expats are taking on highly paid temp jobs in UK care homes, long-term expats in the programme are denying there’s any scandal. Expats who’ve been involved in the scheme are fighting back against what they claim is unfair misrepresentation a regards their previous experience as well as a reported lack of pre-job training. Others are vigorously maintaining their rights as UK citizens to work in the home country on a temporary basis. One Malaga-based expat who’s taken...
2 Jan at 6 PM 2017

New Years Honour medals given to two British expats in Spain

This year’s Queen Elizabeth New Year Honours list contained two British expats in Spain who’ve contributed extraordinary service during their working lives. Former editor of a leading English language newspaper Liz Parry was awarded the British Empire medal for her services to the UK expat community in Andalusia, and former president of the British Chamber of Commerce in Spain Roger Cooke is the proud recipient of an MBE, (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire), for his services to trade investment and British...
2 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Brit expats in Europe rush for UK temp jobs as carers

Thousands of UK expats on hard times due to the sterling crash are flying home to take two-week job as carers in British care homes. According to an investigation by the Telegraph, cash-strapped Brits are being taken on part-time and left in charge of elderly people suffering from dementia, learning difficulties and other illnesses common in old age. The report noted many recruits have no relevant qualifications and are being left to manage the best they can with just a few days’ training, a reference booklet and a telephone. The...
28 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Costa floods contaminate expat water supplies

The recent once-in-a-lifetime floods in Spain’s Costa del Sol have left the expat community in danger due to sewage contamination of the water supply. Heavy rain battered the popular Alicante area for four straight days, with flooded rivers inundating residential districts and destroying many homes. As communities struggled to recover, the local water authorities discovered sewage contamination in the water supplies and banned the service. Around 22,000 residents in Alfaz, near Alicante, were told not to drink, cook with or wash...
19 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Illegal expat mortgages from Marbella boiler room judged null and void

Another appalling example of financial fraudsters targeting inexperienced expat investors has finally been decided in the victims’ favour by a Bilbao court, Spain’s version of the ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ was finally crushed last week by a Bilbao judge, who ruled all contracts made between SL Mortgage Funding Ltd and their clients are null and void, thus giving those who lost six million euros in total though an equity release scheme the ability to claim back every penny. The rationale for the judgement was that the company and...
14 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Brit expats lose chance of compensation for missold Spanish homes

An Almeria expat campaign group who’ve been fighting for compensation in a mis-selling scandal are furious over a court judgement that millions lost to British investors will not be reimbursed. The plight of British expats who’ve lost their Spanish homes due to illegal dealings between construction firms and local authorities is well known, but the latest shock to defrauded Britons is hard to bear for those involved. Expats paid millions of pounds in total for 94 off-plan villas supposedly being constructed on legally protected...