Whether you’re a foreigner in Italy wanting more security or you’re honouring your Italian heritage, applying for citizenship is not to be done on a whim. It can be a long, long process, requiring plenty of patience and paperwork. But becoming an Italian citizen is a reward that is (hopefully) worth all the bureaucracy. Read on for advice from a legal expert, as well as some recently anointed citizens who reached for their Italian dream and lived to tell the tale. Do I need citizenship? Can't I just be a resident? Marco Permunian, legal consultant at Italian Citizenship Assistance, says: “A resident permit holder does not have the right to vote and in some cases they have a limited right to benefit from public healthcare.” And if you're not from another EU member state, you won't have the same right to live, work and travel freely anywhere within the EU (depending on what type of resident permit you have). That's especially relevant for Brits living in … [Read more...] about How to become Italian: A guide to getting citizenship
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News / UK and world by Press Association August 1, 2018, 1:53 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter The PPI scandal has seen firms pay back £31.5 billion so far since January 2011 to customers complaining about policies. The deadline for making a PPI complaint is August 29 2019. Here is how the scandal erupted and how you can make a claim: – Why did PPI become controversial? PPI (payment protection insurance) was designed to help people continue making payments in certain circumstances, such as if they lost their job or had an accident. It was often added to financial agreements such as loans, credit cards and mortgages, particularly from the 1990s to around 2010. It became controversial because it had been widely mis-sold – it was unsuitable for some people, people did not realise it was optional or, in some cases, they did not even know they had a policy. It is the biggest mis-selling scandal the Financial … [Read more...] about The PPI scandal: what happened and how you can make a claim
Sergio Mattarella speaks to journalists on Sunday. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP The president of Italy, an institutionally respected figure, has limited powers but ones which have often proved crucial during political crises. The current President Sergio Mattarella refused to appoint a eurosceptic finance minister, even though he was the choice of the prime minister-designate and had the backing of the majority of parliamentarians. PROFILE: Who is Italian president Sergio Mattarella? READ ALSO: Ten things to know about the Italian political system … [Read more...] about How much power does the Italian president actually have?
THE Queen’s income is set to increase by eight per cent from £76million in 2017-18 to £82.2million the following year. So how has Her Majesty made her incredible fortune and what's our head of state's net worth? What is Queen Elizabeth II’s net worth? Forbes has estimated the Queen’s private net worth at around £415million. This cash comes mostly from the Duchy of Lancaster which is made up of 18,454 hectares of land in England and Wales. The Queen is also believed to have her own private investments, jewels, cars, horses and royal and historic items of value. However, most of the Queen's household income - covering her personal and family expenses - comes from an annual government grant. The cash is a small fraction of the profits from the Crown Estate, a vast property empire that belongs to the monarch but whose revenues go to the Treasury. The Queen also gets to enjoy the assets that are technically attributed to the Crown, including Buckingham … [Read more...] about What is the Queen’s net worth and how much does Queen Elizabeth II earn a year?
ATTEMPTS to curb rising levels of obesity has led to a new tax on sugary soft drinks. But will fizzy drinks become more expensive and how much sugar do they actually contain? Here's what you need to know. What is the sugar tax? The sugar tax was announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond in his budget statement in 2017. The money from the tax will go to the Department for Education. The new levy is being put on drinks companies, who will be taxed according to how much sugar is in their beverages. Two categories of taxation are set to come into force. One relates to the total sugar content on drinks with more than 5g per 100ml, while a higher levy is imposed on drinks with 8g per 100ml or more. When will the price of fizzy drinks increase? The sugar tax came into force on April 6, 2018, after hopes of a U-turn by PM Theresa May were dashed. The tax is estimated to raise around £520 million which will be used to fund sports in primary schools. How much will fizzy drinks increase … [Read more...] about Sugar tax 2018 explained – how much is the new tax on fizzy drinks and does it apply to diet Coke?