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by Kilkis
Mon Feb 24, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Health cover? What is IKA? And how?
Replies: 10
Views: 136

Re: Health cover? What is IKA? And how?

I think the temporary cover S1 Form, previously E106, for early retirees stopped in 2016, or thereabouts, when all the pension rules changed.

Warwick
by Kilkis
Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Health cover? What is IKA? And how?
Replies: 10
Views: 136

Re: Health cover? What is IKA? And how?

IKA was one of a plethora of occupational insurance schemes in Greece. Each type of industry used to have its own scheme. IKA was the one for salaried workers so it was the biggest single one and it was the one that interfaced with NI/NHS in the UK to administer reciprocal benefits defined in EU Dir...
by Kilkis
Mon Feb 24, 2020 12:10 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Pension bombshell...
Replies: 27
Views: 1250

Re: Pension bombshell...

The Withdrawal Agreement is an International Treaty. Once it is ratified by both sides, as it has been, neither side can walk away from it. It is enforceable in International Courts. It is true that the UK government can do anything it wants with benefits of any sort tomorrow. For example, Priti Pat...
by Kilkis
Sun Feb 23, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Bockenvilla
Replies: 12
Views: 464

Re: Bockenvilla

Is there some absolutely burning need to remove it now if it is dead? In a few weeks you will discover if it is or not. If you start to get new growth then it isn't. If you don't get any new growth then it probably is dead. The plant can tell you better than we can.

Warwick
by Kilkis
Sat Feb 22, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Pension damp squib...
Replies: 6
Views: 471

Re: Pension damp squib...

Yes but the details of the future process, after the end of 2020, might be different for those with beige initial Residence Certificates and those with blue permanent ones. We won't know exactly how for a while yet as Greece sorts out exactly how it is going to handle it. For example, as a total gue...
by Kilkis
Sat Feb 22, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Pension damp squib...
Replies: 6
Views: 471

Re: Pension damp squib...

But you've got to admit, Bob, that when it comes to governments of all persuasions there is always that niggling doubt?

Warwick
by Kilkis
Sat Feb 22, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Bockenvilla
Replies: 12
Views: 464

Re: Bockenvilla

...or if you want to paint the wall that you've trained them to grow up.

Warwick
by Kilkis
Sat Feb 22, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Bockenvilla
Replies: 12
Views: 464

Re: Bockenvilla

Seams there is quite a few different ways of spelling it !!... No, there is only one way to spell it "Bougainvillea". People often spell it wrongly so if you search for one of the wrong spellings you will get results but it doesn't mean that they are valid. I think Jeremy Clarkson once co...
by Kilkis
Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Channel 5: My New Greek Life
Replies: 17
Views: 1146

Re: Channel 5: My New Greek Life

My landlady in northern Greece used to wait every year until tomatoes were starting to get all soft and squishy and cost a few cents per kilo. She would then have about 20 crates delivered to the house and she and four or five friends would sit round gossiping in the courtyard of the little, old hou...
by Kilkis
Fri Feb 21, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Phishing
Replies: 14
Views: 612

Re: Phishing

The Microsoft scam has been going on for a long time so I don't think it is any particular hack. I think these things go in phases. Yahoo was hacked as early as 2010, earlier than they admit to. People's address books were stolen allowing spammers to send you emails apparently coming from somebody y...
by Kilkis
Fri Feb 21, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Kindergarten in Kalyves
Replies: 7
Views: 293

Re: Kindergarten in Kalyves

AliceG wrote:... No doubt she will end up teaching me lol...


or just acting as your interpreter?

Warwick
by Kilkis
Fri Feb 21, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Tax proof in the UK
Replies: 19
Views: 1688

Re: Tax proof in the UK

It doesn't matter what your employer thinks. It matters what HMRC think. Your employer does whatever HMRC tells him to do. I can't comment on your particular circumstance BUT 1 If you do live in Greece for more than 183 days in a year AND 2 Under the DTA your income is liable to be taxed in Greece t...
by Kilkis
Fri Feb 21, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Kindergarten in Kalyves
Replies: 7
Views: 293

Re: Kindergarten in Kalyves

According to Wikipedia pre-school from 4 to 6 is compulsory in Greece so they will certainly not be used to children leaving part way through the year. In the UK the reception class, 4 to 5 years old, is not compulsory and children can be taken out but from year 1, 5 to 6 years old, it is compulsory...
by Kilkis
Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Tax proof in the UK
Replies: 19
Views: 1688

Re: Tax proof in the UK

I think a lot of accounts are taking P60s as proof of income in the UK even though the two tax years don't align. I presume you tell your accountant the January to December figure, which will lie between the figures on two consecutive P60s, and he is submitting that. For example the figure you submi...
by Kilkis
Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Tax proof in the UK
Replies: 19
Views: 1688

Re: Tax proof in the UK

It is pretty obvious that all governments want you to be tax resident in their jurisdiction because you are then likely to pay your taxes there. It is not surprising, therefore, if you ask a government to provide a document that says you are tax resident there they will tend to do so. Most countries...

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