Selling my photography to aid homeless friend

I am selling this book so that my friend can return to the U.K. Please visit http://www.blurb.com/b/7207829-images-of-amsterdam. All profits will go to helping her.

bookcover

She is unable to work due to ill health, is currently homeless and sleeping on my sofa.

Her ill health includes Reynaud’s disease, Emphysema, Bronchitis, Irritable Bowl Disease, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Malnutrition, High Blood Pressure, Anxiety, Panic Attacks (due to being robbed in the street). Depression is her shadow, as she has not the finance, a family or supportive friends in the U.K. who could help her with the financial side of things.

I have created two campaigns to raise money, one for the U.K for those you want to donate in pounds and the other for Europe for those who want to donate in euros.

http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/help-british-expat-to-repatriate-to-brighton

https://www.gofundme.com/helprepatriationuk

So if you want to help a person who is suffering with ill health and who does not have the resources to return to the U.K, then please donate using any of the above.

Thank you your time.

Help for economic inactive expats

As the result of the Brexit vote, all those economic inactive British expats who live in Europe and get support from their host country because their are European citizens, will lost that support once the U.K. leaves the EU.

What plans does the U.K. have to provide assistance to those expats, now that it has decided to leave the EU.  Currently the government does not help expats in need when they want to return to the U.K.

If you are living below the poverty line  and in poor health you are expected to support yourself for 3 to 6 months before you can pass the HRT. But if you are criminal and get deported then they get rewarded for their criminal activity and don’t need to pass the HRT.

I have a friend you is receiving non worked based benefit from the council that is paid only to EU citizens and and being on this benefit will mean the my friend will not qualify resident permit when the U.K. leaves.

To try to help her I have tried to create a fund raising campaign but whether people will donate money for type of cause is unknown.

https://www.gofundme.com/helprepatriationuk

Estimated costs for living in Brighton UK

The following image shows the estimated costs of living in a U.K. city

Item Day cost days weeks Month cost
Rent*** 750
Smart Phone* 0,10 200 20
Travel card*** 69
Food 5,00 31 155
heating*** 110
laundrette** 4,20 2 4 33,6
Coffee 2,20 31 68,2
Newspaper 1,00 31 31
other costs 50
Pounds 1286,8 6 7720,8
Cost phone 18
emergency costs 200
Train 25
Taxi 25
268
* Assuming 200 minutes per month
** Assumng two washes per week.
*** from Costs for Brighton Brighton costs
Total 7988,8

Help needed to return to U.K.

Help needed for a British homeless person who requires assistance to return to Britain. She is long term unemployed due to her lack of qualifications, diplomas and in more recent years ill health. Her lack of health has seen her being signed off as not fit for employment by the Gemeente Amsterdam werk en inkomen. As she has not a fluency in Dutch, retains a British Passport, is in ill health and is also Transgendered, her future is bleak in the Netherlands. Any help there could be is lost, as all government offices have said they have orders to communicate in Dutch with people who have lived in the Netherlands for the time she has.

She moved to the Netherlands in February 1998, when she became homeless in the U.K. and without any family or friends she could stay with in the U.K., she rang me to ask if she could come over for a couple of weeks. On the second day she was in Amsterdam, she had found work with NIPO foon, they were a Grotemarktonderzoek call center who moved to Rotterdam a year later. After they moved, she found other posts via the uitzendbureaus but her being Transgendered posed issues for her and she was many times discriminated. Then in the year 2000, the uitzendbureaus told her that as she had not the desired skills to fill positions that could not be filled by Dutch Nationals, she needed a fluency in the Dutch Language before they would offer her a non skilled position. She tried to set up her own business in Spain in the year 2006 but was forced to return the Netherlands in 2007.

From that point, her health took a downward spiral with a host of events that should not even happen to the unluckiest person in the world. During these hard times for her, I have done all I can to help her. In the last two years I have tried to find a way for here to return to the U.K. but as she has not the family (Her family ties were severed due to a family disagreement that took place on the day of her grandmothers funeral in 1996), friends or the required finance to move back to the U.K. and has not lived in the U.K. for eighteen years, the Netherlands is considered as her host country.

I have contacted on her behalf U.K. charities, U.K government and non government organisations and each of the replies have stated in order for her to return to the U.K., she must have the finances to support herself for between three and six months as she has what is called a ´Habitual Residence Test´ to pass. Without those finances she needs to return to the U.K., friends or family who can help her till she passes the ´Habitual Residence Test´ she is trapped in Amsterdam.

Now that the U.K. has voted to leave the European Union, she is real danger of losing what little benefit she gets as she only gets bijstanduitkering from the council as she is European citizen, once the U.K. leaves the EU, the Dutch Government has no reason to extend her residents permit or continue with her benefit.

Under the Dutch Remigration Act, the government gives grants to expats to return to own country but although there are a number of EU countries on the list of allowed countries, the U.K. is not one of them.  As it will take the U.K. two year to leave the EU it would be beneficial if the Dutch Government would now allow U.K. citizens to apply for repatriation grants.

She has been waiting on social housing since November 2007 but learned the waiting list is 8.7 years and she is still waiting on a suitable offer. Due to her health situation which she is awarded medical points for, her vulnerability as a Transgendered person. But as she is not economically active due to her health, she will most likely lose right to get housed as she will stop being an EU citizen and I her future is bleak.

There does not seem to be any support for citizens who find themselves in finical trouble in one EU country for them to return to their country of birth. As she does not speak Dutch she wants to return to Brighton U.K. and not in Amsterdam were she has no future.

 

Habitual residence test

For those you don’t know what the habitual residence test is, it is a test that all British Citizens who are returning from living aboard have to pass in order to gain access to benefits and housing.

The test has two parts

Right to reside in the UK and the intention to make the UK your country of residence, and is know as habitual residence.

All British Citizens have the right to reside in the UK but they still have to prove that they are habitual resident in the UK.  HRT will test what the returning expat is doing to make the UK the center of your life, and what ties you have to the UK, it will also test whether they have cut ties to your previous country of residence.

It will be up to either the DWP, your local authority or HMRC to determine when you have passed this test.  Since 2014 in order to get job seekers allowance you must be living in the UK for three months and thus the minimum time for the HRT is three months.

So this makes very different for any British Citizen to return to the UK unless they have family to stay with.  If you are no longer in contact with your family and are out of work due to ill health means it is very hard to return to the UK.

Taking The Netherlands for example, if you are on some types of benefits you can get these benefits paid in the UK once you moved, however if your benefits comes from the local council as you are not entitled to worked based benefits, then these benefits stop as soon as you return to UK. So any returning expat needs to support themselves for at least 3 months.

Thus it becomes virtual impossible for expat to return to the UK especially when that person has a number of medical conditions and very little money.  There does seem to be any help provide by either the host country or the UK for these citizens who are in need and want to return to their country of birth.

The Netherlands does have a grant scheme to help expats return to their own country but it is limited to certain countries and the UK is not one of them.  So the Netherlands offers no help to British expats wanting to return to the UK.

However if you have been deported from a country back to the UK, then there are charities that give to support to the deportee.  It seems that if you break the law you get help, but if you obey the laws you don’t give help.