Information Event: Martingas - Thursday 31st March at 14:30


Healthcare, Savings, Tax and Inheritance Advice

tax

The event which was originally scheduled last year has now been arranged for Thursday 31st March at 14:30.  All other arrangements are unchanged.

This is not a social event. It is a series of presentations designed to assist an “étranger” to get the best out of their scarce resources when it comes to healthcare, savings and tax and inheritance.

It will be held at a members house in Martignas.  The event will be informative with presentations, a question session and a chance to talk informally to the presenters. Numbers will be limited by space to 30 people and there will be no charge.

savingsThe BBC Statutes specify the aims of the association to also assist the integration of English speaking people who come to settle in Bordeaux. One way of doing this is by helping to understand how the French system works and how to make our resources work better for us.

For example, the British are familiar with how the National Health Service is supposed to work but when living in France, they must quickly learn how to get along in the health system or they may find it very costly. Once familiar with it they will recognize how lucky the French are. But this is more than knowing how to get along and more about how to make the most of it and not get caught with unexpected costs through not understanding.

health_benes_claim_form1Having lived in France for 15 years, I sometimes think that I know all these things, but then something happens and I realize that there is a massive gap in my knowledge. If you are like me or you have just moved or are about to move to France, you might like to meet with some experts. The subjects being covered will include; the healthcare system, making your money and savings work for you, and changes to inheritance arrangements. This is not a sales exercise or advertising but if there is any follow up activity with the presenters or others, that is up to individual members.


Booking

Please book direct with John B (contact details are in the Members Area here) or online.

When using the on-line booking form, please note the following:

  • Do not forget to press ‘Submit’
  • If you do not receive a confirmation from the organiser within 48 hours then your booking has not been recorded and we ask you to contact the organiser direct for your booking confirmation.

When using the on-line booking form, please note the following:

  • Do not forget to press ‘Submit’
  • If you do not receive a confirmation from the organiser within 48 hours then your booking has not been recorded and we ask you to contact the organiser direct for your booking confirmation.

Call for Brits in France to register to vote in EU referendum


the most important decision the British people will have to take at the ballot box in our lifetimes
the chance to enjoy afternoon tea at the British Ambassador’s stunning 1720s-built Residence in Paris

Press Release from the British Embassy in Paris

Call for Brits in France to register to vote in EU referendum

#yourvotematters #EUreferendum

The British Embassy in Paris today launches a seven-day countdown campaign and competition to raise awareness of Overseas Voter Registration Day (OVRD) on 4th February among expatriates in France.

There are approximately half a million Brits living in France, many of whom are eligible to vote, and it is important that their voices are heard in the forthcoming EU referendum.

A referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU is due to take place before the end of 2017. As the Prime Minister has said this will be “the most important decision the British people will have to take at the ballot box in our lifetimes”.

Although the exact date has still to be decided, the eligibility criteria for this important referendum will be based on UK parliamentary elections. This means British citizens can vote if they were registered to vote before they left the UK and have lived in France for less than 15 years. So far only 5% of overseas voters have registered.

As part of our countdown the British Embassy will tweet messages showing just how quick and easy it is to register. It really only takes five minutes (the time it takes to make a cup of coffee or eat a croissant) and can be done online now at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

We are also offering a lucky winner and their family the chance to enjoy afternoon tea at the British Ambassador’s stunning 1720s-built Residence in Paris.

All we are asking people to do is encourage others to vote by tweeting photos of themselves holding a sign or poster saying #YourVoteMatters to @UKInFrance. The most creative or unusual image will win! They may be on top of a ski slope or walking through the Catacombs of Paris: the possibilities are endless!

Contributions

#yourvotematters should be tweeted by the end of the day on Overseas Voter Registration Day on 4th February.

If you’re a Brit in France – #yourvotematters! So get snapping and get registering!

Press contact:

Tess Mendibe

01 44 51 33 39

tess.mendibe@fco.gov.uk


 

Potential UK Exit from the EU (BREXIT)


Background

The new year brings further news of developments regarding the future of  the UK’s relationship with the European Union.  The UK Prime Minister is involved in talks with other EU leaders which, it is hoped, will lead to a re-negotiation of the formal relationship between the UK and its EU partners.  The terms of these talks will be the subject of discussion at the February 2016 EU Summit and will be followed, perhaps as early as June of 2016, by a UK wide Referendum to decide if the UK is to remain in or leave the EU.

BBC Committee Decision

The BBC Committee has decided that we should closely monitor the negotiation and the referendum result so that we can provide information to our members. This will be particularly important in the event that the decision is for a UK withdrawal (BREXIT), but a “remain” vote could also mean some change to the status or rights of UK nationals living and/or working in France or the rest of the EU, or those considering a return to the UK.

BBC Policy

Although we know that many of you will have strong views on the matter, it is not for us to make the case for or against a UK withdrawal – both the For and Against campaigns are up and running and many forums exist where views may be expressed.   Your committee has decided that we will restrict ourselves to a purely information role. Our involvement will be impartial and non-political, co-ordinated by a small group which includes a member of the Association – John Elliott – who has broad experience of Advice and Information Services.

BBC Members

Whilst this initiative is primarily for the benefit of our members we do wish to reach out to a wider audience and to involve the widest possible constituency in collecting and disseminating this information so, please make contact with a committee member if you have a view or wish to share ideas. (Contact details for Committee Members are in the Membership Directory here)

Please note, there are likely to be many specific questions of detail and we may not have sufficient resources to examine them all but we will try to concentrate on those issues of widest interest. Information gleaned will be available in the BREXIT section BBC Members Area.


 

Information Event: Martignas - Tuesday, 27th October at 14:30


Healthcare, Savings, Tax and Inheritance Advice

tax

The event which was originally scheduled for June has now been arranged for Tuesday 27th October at 14:30.  All other arrangements are unchanged.

This is not a social event. It is a series of presentations designed to assist an “étranger” to get the best out of their scarce resources when it comes to healthcare, savings and tax and inheritance.

It will be held at a members house in Martignas.  The event will be informative with presentations, a question session and a chance to talk informally to the presenters. Numbers will be limited by space to 30 people and there will be no charge.

savingsThe BBC Statutes specify the aims of the association to also assist the integration of English speaking people who come to settle in Bordeaux. One way of doing this is by helping to understand how the French system works and how to make our resources work better for us.

For example, the British are familiar with how the National Health Service is supposed to work but when living in France, they must quickly learn how to get along in the health system or they may find it very costly. Once familiar with it they will recognize how lucky the French are. But this is more than knowing how to get along and more about how to make the most of it and not get caught with unexpected costs through not understanding.

health_benes_claim_form1Having lived in France for 15 years, I sometimes think that I know all these things, but then something happens and I realize that there is a massive gap in my knowledge. If you are like me or you have just moved or are about to move to France, you might like to meet with some experts. The subjects being covered will include; the healthcare system, making your money and savings work for you, and changes to inheritance arrangements. This is not a sales exercise or advertising but if there is any follow up activity with the presenters or others, that is up to individual members.


Booking

Please book direct with John B (contact details are in the Members Area here) or online: