Expat Life

Are you considering early retirement?

savings If you are thinking about releasing your pension funds early. Think again or you could face a huge tax bill.

Thousands of expats have fallen victim to ‘pension liberation' scams which has seen them lose their pensions and their dreams.

One victim has spoken of the extreme stress he is under now he is facing a tax bill of up to £300,000. Airline pilot Jeremy Donaghy-Sutton, 51, says that even though he never took a loan from his transferred scheme, the taxman is chasing him to pay a penalty, and his dreams of retiring early have gone up in smoke.

Can you vote in the EU Referendum?

EmbasyA  simple six-point guide on how to register to vote:

A referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union will be held by the end of 2017. It could even be this year – the date hasn’t been announced yet. If you were registered to vote in the UK within the last 15 years, then you can register as an overseas voter and have your say. #yourvotematters.

The secret to a happy life in Spain

HappyAmbassador urges British residents to follow the example of those who are most content

Some of the secrets to happy living in Spain are revealed in a new survey by the British Embassy on how expatriates adjust to a life in the sun.

Repay or go to jail

EmbasySuspended prison sentence for expat who failed to update benefits office

Vivienne Day, 70, from Basildon in Essex claimed housing benefit, council tax benefit, Disability Living Allowance and Pension Credit for eight years - yet failed to let her UK benefit office know she was actually living in Mazarrón, Murcia.

Most Wanted fugitive arrested in Spain

EmbasyAn Operation Captura fugitive has been arrested in Spain on suspicion of being a member of an international drug trafficking organisation.

Michael Roden, aged 26, from Redditch, was captured on 4 November at an address in the town of Alomartes, Andalucia, but details could not be released until today to protect an ongoing Guardia Civil investigation being carried out in collaboration with the National Crime Agency (NCA).

How to help visitors with mental health needs

Mental Health ChecklistThe Foreign Office is offering detailed advice to British citizens living in Spain on how to prepare for visits by friends or family members who have mental health issues.

The advice stems from a joint campaign with the UK’s Mental Health Foundation that aims to raise awareness of how British nationals with mental health needs can prepare before travelling overseas, and is part of World Mental Health Day on 10 October. British Consulates in Spain handled 67 cases involving mental health needs in 2014/15. 

Brits in need get new access to Red Cross support

EmbasyNationwide cooperation agreement signed with British Embassy

British people living in Spain will have easier access to the services and support of the Red Cross thanks to a nationwide cooperation agreement signed by the British Ambassador, Simon Manley, and the national vice president of the Spanish Red Cross, Javier Gimeno.

The new agreement aims to improve the quality of life for the most vulnerable expatriates, and their ability to access Red Cross services. It also seeks to encourage people in the British community to volunteer for Red Cross activities and promote collaboration with other British community associations.

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