Care sunt cele mai socante chestii in Marea Britanie UK?


Locuiesc în Marea Britanie de mai bine de doi ani. Iată ce am am gasit șocant în Marea Britanie pentru mine ca străin (venit din Franța și născut în România):

  • Marea Britanie este una dintre puținele țări din lume în care impozitele locale pe propietate sunt plătite de chiriaș și nu de proprietar. Dacă sunteți chiriaș în Marea Britanie, veți plăti 130 de lire sterline pe lună (sau mai mult) ca impozit pe proprietate, autorităților locale pentru o proprietate care nu vă aparține (cunoscut ca Council Tax). Dacă sunteti chirias și nu plătiți impozitul pe proprietate, puteți fi urmărit penal și aruncat în închisoare pentru asta!

Înainte de a spune că nu este un impozit pe proprietate, hai să analizăm faptele: se calculeaza in functie de valoarea proprietății și dacă casa este liberă de chiriasi, acesta revine si este plătit de proprietar. Indiferent cât de mult incearca ei sa va zica ca nu este o taxa pe propietate, este totuși un impozit pe proprietate care susține serviciile locale pentru rezidenții permanenți ai orașului, nu pentru ocupanții temporari ai proprietății. În calitate de chiriaș, nu folosesc 90% din serviciile pe care le plătesc (parcuri, școli, transport public, biblioteci, centre comunitare, proiecte pe termen lung pentru îmbunătățirea orașului), dar proprietarul casei in care stau, și copiii lui care locuiesc în oraș, folosesc toate aceste servicii. Si vor continua sa le foloseasca in continuare mult timp după ce eu voi părăsi orașul, e corect nu? În Franța plăteam 10 Euro pe lună pentru colectare gunoi și cam atât. Restul serviciilor sunt finanțate din impozite locale plătite de proprietarii caselor. Așa este în toată lumea. Folosesc serviciile de urgență, da, dar acestea sunt taxate separat în factură (aproximativ 21% din factură), nu am nicio problemă în a le plăti pe acestea. Restul de aproape 80% care merge exclusiv catre consiliul local sunt cele cu care am o problemă.

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So what is the cost of living in England? Salaries are probably higher than in your home country, but so are the costs. Is it true that some people are are living hand to mouth here? … In some cases yes, but most are living just fine. The cost of living in England is quite good compared to wages, although the pound is dropping quite fast since Brexit… We already established in the previous article that food costs in the UK about the same as in countries in East Europe, so from the start you are at an advantage. Let’s see what costs and expenses we have in England:

  1. Accommodation: by far the biggest expense you will have will be securing a roof over your head. Unless you bring along around 150 to 200 thousand pounds to buy your own house, you will most likely rent like most people. The rental expense depends a lot on where you are. In general in the South of England (London, Southampton), and especially in London, to rent of a house costs double or triple compared to renting a similar house in the North of England (Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Doncaster, Hull, Newcastle). If in the North you can easily find a house of your own at 500-600 pounds per month, in London on the website, the only rental house located in a decent area that is less than a thousand pounds per month was in Brentwood (one hour by car or train + subway to central London)

Which country is better to live in: UK or France? Why?

So the eternal question and rivalry on the old continent: Which country is better: England, UK or France? Well, I lived in Marseille France, and than I moved to Hull, England, UK. It’s hard to say which is better to live in, and depends a lot on what language you speak , the region you are in and your job.

Both are somewhat problematic cities, with high unemployment figures and bad local reputation, so I might not be in the best position to judge these countries. (Or I might be in the perfect position to show the truth of each country, depends how you look at it)

In general, if you look only at the numbers and stats, life in France (if you speak French) is indeed better than life in England, UK. Everything from the weather to salaries, geography , location, infrastructure and social benefits is indeed better on the main land. It was not such a big difference before, but the gap has widen considerably since the result of the 2016 Brexit referendum and it will continue to do so unfortunately. Let’s see why:

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UK Immigration: How much does it cost to relocate to England?

So you are thinking of coming to England and UK Immigration? Well if Brexit didn’t scare you off, here is a guide and a detailed list of expenses from my experience coming here. By the way, from the looks of it, as far as EU citizens are concerned there is nothing to worry about after Brexit. Things will pretty much carry on as usual for those who are already here before the end of 2020.

It’s now my second time moving to another country. My first experience was relocating to Marseille France. That time I had a lot of support from my employer with aspects and costs of relocation. In comparison now in England, I basically made it all on my own. Here is a chronological list of the expenses needed for immigration to England, UK. All costs are calculated for two persons as I emigrated with my girlfriend:

Airplane Tickets: in my case: Bucharest – Manchester 286 EUR / 255 GBP (Great Britain Pounds) through Brussels Airlines, the price included 2 large hold luggage and one transfer in Brussels. Although we had the intention to take WizzAir’s low-cost company, we were surprised to find that the fares were more expensive on their website. It seems that all the Romanians are turning to this company lately and considering the fact that the fare price is calculated according to demand, you may find lower fares at the big airlines instead.

Attention: If using a Low-cost company, the price does not include hold luggage and must be payed separately. Be also very considerate of your final destination! The train in UK is very expensive if you buy the tickets on short notice, and the train ride from one of the airports near London to the city where you need to go, could turn out to be more expensive than the plane tickets;

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