Brits in Spain urged to register

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The British Counsulate and local town halls are urging British residents to register on the “padrón” to avoid difficulties accessing local services and help them to improve local services.


At an event held last week, the British Consulate, Town Halls from across the province of Malaga and the National Statistical Institute (INE) agreed to work together to ensure that all British residents are registered with their Town Hall.

Vice Consul Rosslyn Crotty explained: “It is vital that British residents are aware of the services they can access provided they register on the “padron” in the town where they are living”.

All the Town Halls agreed that the main reason for not registering on the “padron” was fear of state control of financial matters, when in fact it is designed to help Town Halls find out who and how many people are living in their area, without entering into investigations about their status or financial situation.

The event concluded with a common objective: To work together to ensure that all foreign residents are registered, which will benefit the residents themselves and the Town Halls alike. 

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