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Old Jun 10th 2007, 3:02 am
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I'd be really interested to see some "return home" stats on retirees v workers that come here. Bet the latter is a huge figure compared to the retirees
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Old Jun 10th 2007, 3:24 am
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Hillybilly, in my experience there´s a fifth reason too. A lot of people are running away from UK rather than coming to Spain. They might feel unfulfilled in their work in UK, unfulfilled in their relationship or just generally dissatisfied with their life. I don´t think "starting a new life" is at all easy especially when the same problems you had in UK just start happening all over again. The problems are often internal and a change of scenery just papers over the cracks. Generally I think retired people out here learnt to have lower expectations from life so are happier!
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Old Jun 10th 2007, 3:27 am
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Yes, you're quite right. I've seen many relationships break up over here (mine included, though not really as a result of being in Spain!), leaving lots of singletons having to make a go of things on their own or having to return.
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Originally Posted by Lis48
. Generally I think retired people out here learnt to have lower expectations from life so are happier!
I'm not quite sure if I should take that as an insult or not I don't, and never have had low expectations.
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I'm not quite sure if I should take that as an insult or not I don't, and never have had low expectations.
Of course you don't, despite driving an FTO!
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Of course you don't, despite driving an FTO!

Of course you'd know would you
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Of course you'd know would you
I drive a decent truck!!
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I drive a decent truck!!
Let me guess ..... a ford transit convertable
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I agree with the previous poster. Many of the people coming to Spain aren't really prepared or plan either for the language or cultural differences.

Employment isn't easy in Spain particularly if you don't speak the language, you limit yourself to serving the expat market. Some people who came to Spain with what they considered sufficient funds, relaxed, and lived what many expats consider the Spanish life then after a few months found they started to run out of money.

I think that for the non-retirees it's the shortfall of funds that drives them back to the UK. Retired people or those with a pension can clearly survive with their incomes.
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Let me guess ..... a ford transit convertable
Nope, this.....
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Originally Posted by David
I agree with the previous poster. Many of the people coming to Spain aren't really prepared or plan either for the language or cultural differences.

Employment isn't easy in Spain particularly if you don't speak the language, you limit yourself to serving the expat market. Some people who came to Spain with what they considered sufficient funds, relaxed, and lived what many expats consider the Spanish life then after a few months found they started to run out of money.

I think that for the non-retirees it's the shortfall of funds that drives them back to the UK. Retired people or those with a pension can clearly survive with their incomes.

Spot on David
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Think replies from Hillybilly and Lis48 are spot on.
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Old Jun 10th 2007, 4:29 am
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Some people (early retirement but not of State Retirement age) just do not plan correctly.

I know several couples in this category who have come out here to live on capital. They have rapidly run out. The one couple have sold up in the UK, haven't bothered paying NI to the UK towards their State Pension (although if this 30-year rule comes in they may be OK), don't pay into the Spanish system either and are now having to drastically downsize to release more capital. They have recently found out that thye have to pay towards medicql care (hospital bill); however a gestor is registering them as self-employed (they are not, really) and they can pay into the system that way.

Another couple in a similar situation have sold up and are running out of money, but they ARE paying into the UK State Pension and are covered on Spanish healthcare. Luckily they now have several months' work a year from their previous employers in the UK.

We are also in the category of early-retirement-but-not-retirement-age, but we still have a property in the UK, we have my husband's teachers' pension to live on, we pay into UK State Pension and are covered for Spanish Healthcare.

It amazes me how many people come with no clear idea of what they are going to live on. We would not have come if we had not got my husband's pension, nor if we'd have had to have sold up completely in the UK (although I understand that keeping a property is not possible for everyone).

So, my answer to the question is, incomplete and unrealistic financial planning.

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Originally Posted by scampicat
Some people (early retirement but not of State Retirement age) just do not plan correctly.

I know several couples in this category who have come out here to live on capital. They have rapidly run out. The one couple have sold up in the UK, haven't bothered paying NI to the UK towards their State Pension (although if this 30-year rule comes in they may be OK), don't pay into the Spanish system either and are now having to drastically downsize to release more capital. They have recently found out that thye have to pay towards medicql care (hospital bill); however a gestor is registering them as self-employed (they are not, really) and they can pay into the system that way.

Another couple in a similar situation have sold up and are running out of money, but they ARE paying into the UK State Pension and are covered on Spanish healthcare. Luckily they now have several months' work a year from their previous employers in the UK.

We are also in the category of early-retirement-but-not-retirement-age, but we still have a property in the UK, we have my husband's teachers' pension to live on, we pay into UK State Pension and are covered for Spanish Healthcare.

It amazes me how many people come with no clear idea of what they are going to live on. We would not have come if we had not got my husband's pension, nor if we'd have had to have sold up completely in the UK (although I understand that keeping a property is not possible for everyone).

So, my answer to the question is, incomplete and unrealistic financial planning.
Totaly agree with you.We have a daughter and her husband that have done the same thing as you have mentioned.They live near Alicante and have been over there for the last eighteen months,have not been able to get a decent job,cannot speak Spanish.He was out of work for the first ten months then got a job driving a taxi,very poor wages.He is now working for a furniture store and she is working three jobs to make ends meet.They sold there house in Uk so have nothing to go back to. Dont know what they will do when the money dries up.Have friends, family of three,not retired,living in Concentina,none of them can get jobs cause they also cannot speak Spanish,they have been out there since last November.Think they all might end up back in UK.
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Originally Posted by scampicat
Some people (early retirement but not of State Retirement age) just do not plan correctly.

I know several couples in this category who have come out here to live on capital. They have rapidly run out. The one couple have sold up in the UK, haven't bothered paying NI to the UK towards their State Pension (although if this 30-year rule comes in they may be OK), don't pay into the Spanish system either and are now having to drastically downsize to release more capital. They have recently found out that thye have to pay towards medicql care (hospital bill); however a gestor is registering them as self-employed (they are not, really) and they can pay into the system that way.

Another couple in a similar situation have sold up and are running out of money, but they ARE paying into the UK State Pension and are covered on Spanish healthcare. Luckily they now have several months' work a year from their previous employers in the UK.

We are also in the category of early-retirement-but-not-retirement-age, but we still have a property in the UK, we have my husband's teachers' pension to live on, we pay into UK State Pension and are covered for Spanish Healthcare.

It amazes me how many people come with no clear idea of what they are going to live on. We would not have come if we had not got my husband's pension, nor if we'd have had to have sold up completely in the UK (although I understand that keeping a property is not possible for everyone).

So, my answer to the question is, incomplete and unrealistic financial planning.
Hi,

Sorry if my reply sounds stupid, still getting to grips with these laws and such.

I was under the impression that you could not pay into a UK state pension(national insurance) and be registered as a resident in Spain. I was also under the impression this kind of arrangement would only cover you for the first three months of being out there (can only receive free spanish health care for your initial 3 months of living there)
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