Help for expats in Spain: Dominic Raab secures extra £1million into fund for UK pensioners
And Hugh Elliott, the UK’s ambassador to Spain, has said he is “delighted” by the news, which he predicted would come as a huge boost for the hundreds of thousands of Britons who live in the country. More than one million UK nationals live in EU and EFTA countries, with the figure for Spain standing at 381,448, according to figures published by Spain’s Permanent Immigration Observatory at the end of last year.
The extra cash – which comes on top of £3 million already allocated by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) earlier this year – will go towards providing practical support for UK nationals living in the EU.
Included are at-risk categories including pensioners and disabled people.
Money from the United Kingdom Nationals Support Fund (UKNSF) is allocated in Spain via three charities: Age in Spain, Babelia and the International Organisation for Migration (IMO).