Returning to the UK: can you claim benefits?

Returning to the UK: can you claim benefits?

Each year some 600,000 people move to the UK. A large proportion of those are British people coming back. They may have been living abroad for work, for their health, for early retirement, or with their parents. Many of them will be entitled to benefits. But to claim benefits when returning to the UK your first requirement will be to pass the Habitual Residence Test.
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How to access healthcare if you’re moving back to the UK

For many of our readers coming back to Britain after living abroad, one of the concerns is whether they can still access the NHS and other medical services. Fortunately, the answer is a yes, with no time requirement after moving back. Here’s how to access healthcare when returning to the UK, plus what help with costs you could be entitled to.
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What should you consider when buying a flat in the UK?

If you’re thinking of taking advantage of the UK property market by buying a flat, with prices more affordable since Brexit, you’ll find it’s a little different to overseas. For starters, what’s the difference between leasehold and freehold? Here are our top tips on what to consider when viewing a flat in the UK.
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UK prices at least 10% cheaper

With the pound falling by up to 10% against many global currencies in the past three months, buyers from overseas are taking advantage of the decimated prices. And with prices falling in the capital anyway, due to Brexit uncertainty, both returning expats and long-term investors are finding value in the biggest buyer’s market for over a decade. One thing we know, UK estate agents will be thrilled to see you! 
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Good debt: A golden opportunity

For anyone looking to profit from property investment, the old rules about avoiding debt may as well be thrown out. So long as it’s the right kind of debt, explains Alex Marshall. You just need to take your opportunities and remember the property investor’s golden rule…
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Northern Ireland. Home of Thrones

The smallest country of the United Kingdom was seen at its best in Game of Thrones. Northern Ireland provided many of the locations, technical expertise and even the actors. We’ve always known that Northern Ireland is a bit special, but where should you be considering buying a home here?
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Where are the best places to live in the UK?

Are you wondering about the best places to live in the UK? Whether for a permanent move or a holiday home? The United Kingdom has changed in the past few years, whether for better or worse (we would say very largely for the better). So this week we’re sifting the data and various reports to find the best places to live in the UK.
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Buying in the UK, part six: legalities

The UK property market is quite idiosyncratic, and can be confusing for those buying from abroad. What is freehold, and what is leasehold, and how do these impact ownership rights? This week, in part six of Buying in the UK, we’re looking at these key legal elements of the process of buying a house in Britain, whether as a permanent residence or an investment.
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What should I look out for when buying a new home?

Around 200,000 new homes are built in the UK each year. Although 87% of buyers were satisfied overall with the quality, 34% said their home had more problems than they expected. Buyers need to do a thorough check, known as ‘snagging’, and be legally protected. So what should you, or a professional snagger, be looking out for?
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Buying in the UK, part five: viewing trips

With so much tech at our fingertips, we can practically view a property from the comfort of our own living room. But, like internet dating, seeing it online and in person can be quite different – which is where your viewing trip comes in. So, if you’re planning on seeing your shortlist of homes, what do you need to know to make it a success?
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