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DO YOU VOTE IN THE UK ?

Old Oct 11th 2009, 10:44 pm
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Originally Posted by JAJ View Post
MPs might take more interest in the concerns of overseas Britons. For example, the 3 year residence rule for university tuition fees
I can't agree, I am afraid - cheaper Uni fees (NHS treatment etc) are and should be for residents only. Allowing expats to send their kids off to UK unis for a discount education is just UK taxpayers paying for foreign taxpayers' kids (or, in the case of our friends in the UAE, where they have neither tax nor decent unis, non-taxpayers) to get educated at great expense.

I suppose there could be something akin to the voluntary pension contributions that could allow residency for social benefits to continue in exchange for further payments.
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Old Oct 16th 2009, 2:22 am
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Originally Posted by lapin_windstar View Post
I can't agree, I am afraid - cheaper Uni fees (NHS treatment etc) are and should be for residents only. Allowing expats to send their kids off to UK unis for a discount education is just UK taxpayers paying for foreign taxpayers' kids (or, in the case of our friends in the UAE, where they have neither tax nor decent unis, non-taxpayers) to get educated at great expense.

I suppose there could be something akin to the voluntary pension contributions that could allow residency for social benefits to continue in exchange for further payments.
Or they could reduce the 3 year residence rule to 1 year, which is closer to the rules in most US states and Canadian provinces for "in-state" tuition.
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Old Oct 16th 2009, 2:54 am
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You mean, give foreign taxpayers' kids a free education if they spend their gap year in the UK?
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You mean, give foreign taxpayers' kids a free education if they spend their gap year in the UK?
We are talking about a British citizen establishing residence in the United Kingdom.
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Old Oct 16th 2009, 4:17 am
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Originally Posted by lansbury View Post
That's way we have never bothered to register. Got all the forms to do so but when we saw that it was a complete waste of time. Doubt we would even get the ballot before the polls closed.
Of course. PC answer - There's no incentive for any party in government to make it easier for expats to vote, because we're a lot more difficult to buy.
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