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Passport fees for British nationals overseas reduced by 35%

EmbasyThe fees for a UK passport for British citizens applying from overseas countries, including Spain, will fall by 35% from next month.

James Brokenshire, Immigration and Security Minister, has announced that from 7th April the passport fee for customers applying for a UK passport from overseas will be reduced by £45 for adults and £28.50 for children.

Iain Duncan Smith visits benefit fraud team in Spain

EmbasyIain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, has visited the Benefit Fraud investigation team in Spain to thank them for their hard work and to show his continued support in bringing overseas benefit fraudsters to justice.

In a meeting at the British Embassy in Madrid, investigators explained what they are doing to tackle benefit fraud such as data sharing with the Spanish authorities, which allows them to trace suspects living in Spain. The team has investigated over 1,200 cases to date and has recovered almost £5million of UK taxpayers’ money.

Spain at top of list for ‘Abroad fraud’

EmbasyBritish benefit cheats push Spain to top of list for ‘Abroad fraud’

Spain has topped the list of countries for benefit fraud abroad committed against UK taxpayers, new figures reveal. More than 750 cases were investigated in Spain last year by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Lost in Transit?

spanishcatMystery surrounds the discovery of a cat in an Aberdeenshire garage which has been traced via its identity chip to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands.

BBC Scotland has learned the cat was found by a family in Muchalls on Thursday.

 

Select Committee seeks views on service provided by British Consulates

EmbasyForeign Affairs Select Committee seeks views on service provided by British Consulates

Do you have experience of seeking help from a British Embassy, Consulate or High Commission when travelling overseas? Did you get the support you were looking for? The Foreign Affairs Select Committee of the House of Commons would like to hear from you in a two-week web forum on the UK Parliament website.

Voting in Spain in the European Parliamentary elections

EmbasyThe Spanish deadline for registering an intention to vote in the European Parliamentary elections is Thursday 30th January.  If you are a British resident in Spain you can have your say, provided you take action by the deadline.

The Spanish government has provided the following information (translated by the British Embassy) that residents may find useful:

 

Spanish Christmas traditions & customs

GrapesIt is the Spanish custom to eat 12 grapes as the bells chime midnight, that is 1 for each month of the coming year. To miss one is to have bad luck. As it is difficult to buy seedless grapes you have to be extra careful how you eat them.

 

 

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