The personal allowance against Income from the UK for citizens resident abroad.
HMRC had proposed that the personal allowance for non-residents should be abolished. I am reliably informed that this idea has been shelved. G. Osborne stated so in the Autumn financial statement. This does not mean that it may not be reviewed by the next Government after May.
The P.A. is at £10,600. The Chancellor has said that it will rise to £11,000 in two years.
Many British pensioners abroad receive income from sources such as…
· Rents from a house they have retained, perhaps for an eventual return to the UK.
· Bank and Building Society deposits.
· Investments elsewhere in the UK.
· Some persons earn income from activities across borders and earn a small income from the UK as well as elsewhere.
The Chartered Institute of Taxation argued strongly against any change. If the personal allowance were abolished many on globally low incomes would be badly hit.
Answer from the EU in reply to the French MEP M. Franck Proust’s question on the WFP put before the EU Parliament.
The Question was - A new rule came into force in the United Kingdom recently to change the conditions qualifying people for the social security benefit known as the ‘winter fuel payment’.
Under these new qualifying conditions, the United Kingdom now makes a distinction between different places where beneficiaries reside; in particular, British citizens living in France no longer live in a qualifying country, unlike those living in a number of other EU Member States.
A British resident in my constituency has quite rightly contacted me, therefore, as owing to the fact that he resides in France, he no longer receives this benefit.
Does this change in British legislation comply with EC law?
The answer --The Commission is aware of the amendments to the UK’s Social Fund Winter Fuel Payment Regulations. The regulations will come into force on 21 September 2015. The Commission services are currently analysing the UK legislation in the light of the EC law.
At least they are working on it! Other correspondents have written to the EU. A petition to the EU is tabled by our team.
Exit from the EU?
This Guardian article reports the views of Dominic Grieve – a Q.C. and Attorney General from 2010-14 . He has an independent kind of mind. He didn’t like the Gay Marriage bill and was sacked from the cabinet (cause?)
His comments have also been reported here
British Citizens can only reside and move without any constraint between countries in the EU because of the treaties between the UK and the EU. No doubt if the ‘Brexit’ should happen, some adjustments would be made- but not without hassle. In my view difficulties would arise.
It is quite deplorable that many most affected [Brits in Europe*] would have no say in such a development.* outside the UK.