Newsletter No 32
This is the first newsletter of the New Year and we are pleased to say that we have two new members on the Executive committee. We welcome Rowland Hancox and George Rhodes.
Important Information on the Loan of Equipment
Due to the high demand of equipment that we loan out, The Committee have decided to reluctantly put a time limit of 3 months per item that is loaned. You must contact us if you wish to extend this period.
Although we have bought and replaced some items this last year from the donations that we have received, we still ran out of certain products. We do not like to say no, but unfortunately in 2017 we had to do so.
Therefore, if you have borrowed any equipment that you now do not require, we would appreciate it if you could return it, as some people are keeping items just in case they need them in the future.
The Annual Subscription of €15 per household should have been paid by 31st December 2017. If you haven’t paid your subscription, please do so by contacting Lyn Carpenter. Tel. 971 34 60 94
Margaret Nawaz will again be organising an Easter Fayre on Good Friday 30th March at San Rafael. More details from Margaret on
971 19 63 94
Winter Weekly Quiz:
Pam Deakin holds a weekly quiz on a Thursday evening at the Centre de Mayores in Cala de Bou starting at 7.45pm. Why not come along and enjoy a couple of hours of quizzing.
We hope to arrange our usual Bingo afternoon, possibly in March or April, which is a super afternoon including 6 games of Bingo, with refreshments. You may be confused by our bingo caller, who always comes up with something different.
With regret, we announce the passing of Ron Roach in January.
And Finally Brexit
Overview: Current status and staying up to date
There will be no change to the rights and status of UK nationals living in the EU while the UK remains in the EU.
The Prime Minister has been clear that safeguarding the rights of UK nationals in the EU and EU citizens living in the UK was her first priority for the negotiations.
We have now delivered on that commitment and reached an agreement with the European Commission on citizens’ rights. The agreement will provide certainty to the over a million UK nationals and their family members living in the EU.
On 19 December, the Prime Minister wrote to UK nationals living in Europe with details of the agreement reached with the Commission in the first phase of the negotiations.
The UK and European Commission will now include the agreement on citizens’ rights in the overall Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the EU.
Agreement on rights for UK nationals and their families
The agreement we have reached for UK nationals and their family members is:
UK nationals, as well as their family members covered by the agreement, who are lawfully residing in a EU27 Member State by 29 March 2019, will be able to continue to reside in that Member State.
Children born or adopted outside of a UK national’s resident Member State after the 29 March 2019 will also be covered by this agreement.
Close family members (spouses, civil partners and unmarried partners, dependent children and grandchildren and dependent parents and grandparents) will be able to join UK nationals in their Member State of residence after exit under these rules, where the relationship existed on 29 March 2019 and continues to exist when they wish to move to join their UK national family member.
EU27 Member States may require UK nationals and their family members covered by the agreement to apply to obtain a status conferring the right of residence and/or obtain a residency document. Administrative procedures for applications for status will be transparent, smooth and streamlined. Where an application is required to obtain status, UK nationals will have at least two years to submit their applications. Residence documents will be issued free of charge or for a charge not exceeding that imposed on nationals for the issuing of similar documents. Further information on these administrative procedures will be provided when available.
UK nationals and their family members covered by the agreement will be able to be absent from their Member State of residence for up to 5 years without losing their right to return.
UK nationals and their family members covered by the agreement will continue to have the same access as they currently do to healthcare, pensions and other benefits.
UK nationals who move to the EU after 29 March 2019
For UK nationals who move to the EU after the UK’s withdrawal on 29 March 2019, the proposed implementation period (announced by the Prime Minister in her Florence speech in September) would mean they can still live, work and study in the EU after the UK has left the EU. How long this period lasts is subject to negotiations, however it is likely to be around 2 years.
Details of the immigration rules for UK nationals who wish to move to the EU after 29 March 2019 and during the implementation period are yet to be agreed. We will publish more details as soon as possible, to give UK nationals and businesses enough time to plan and prepare.
Until next time,
Amigos de la Gente de Edad
Miembro Afiliado de la Federación de Asociaciones de Age Concern España
Registered Address: Carrer Cordoba num 8,de 07929, Cala de Bou, Sant Antoni de Portmany, Ibiza , Islas Baleares, España