How is life in the UK affecting us expats here in Tenerife? Also how is it affecting our families in the UK. I am talking about the responsible people. Not the ones that use the system to ensure they get lots of benefits to which they are not really entitled to. There are many people on this Island that are claiming benefits unjustly and that money could be helping our families. Also the ones that have returned to the UK are taking benefits they have not earned. This all costs us dearly. Any comments folks.
OK. I don't think many in the UK really care how it's affecting the expats. I know that sounds harsh, but it's true. You/they cannot start whinging now as for many years expats have been living a good old life due to the strong pound. I'll bet the expats were not worrying about those in the UK then, more like sitting back saying "ahh, this is the life"!!! It is the risk you take when you move abroad.
Most people here are feeling the pinch, especially on the fuel bills, but most seem to be muddling through as best they can.
As for benefits, I agree, those who use them wrongly drain money from those who are claiming honestly. If you know of people claiming illegally, you should pass their info on to the relevant authorities in the UK. It is anonymous, and I think you can do it online. I am not sure what they could be claiming though, as JSA(job seekers) requires you to sign on every two weeks, IS(income support) has regular checks and job centre reviews where you physically have to go to the office. Child benefit can be legally claimed for 3 months after you leave the UK.
Most who return to the UK and claim are usually just trying to get back on their feet whilst job hunting, and may have paid into the UK tax system for years without claiming a penny so feel they are entitled to short-term help, though they have been abroad.