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Old 10-11-2008, 08:48 AM   #1
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Tell me about England please..

I can look up and google all day about another country (I am in U.S.) but that isn't going to tell me about the personal experience of what it's really like to live there. We have often thought of what it would be like in other countries, to at least visit.
For those of you there via military from U.S. would probably be able to really tell the differences. There's various things I wonder about such as:
1. What healthcare system do they have? Is it a universal plan, or individual policies people would buy like in the U.S. Do they have a government aid medical assistance? Do you like the way the healthcare system currently is?
2. Are they more conservatives or liberals in politics?
3. Do they have fair trials in courts?
4. Are the laws simular to U.S. Such as no drinking and driving? Are street drugs illegal and punishable by law?
5. How about the right to bare arms?
That's about all I can think of for now.. PMs are welcome if you prefer not to reply here.

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Old 10-11-2008, 01:04 PM   #2
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Re: Tell me about England please..

Hehe....I just PM'd you about Germany! I lived in North Yorkshire, England for 4 years before Germany
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Old 10-11-2008, 01:17 PM   #3
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Ok...to answer your questions:

1) England has National Health system. The base we were at was small so most of our care was done on the NHS system. NHS is getting overstretched- too many people for their limited budget. Because the UK has NHS, citizens pay more in taxes than people stateside. A lot of Brits we worked with ended up buying private health insurance so their wait for some treatments wouldn't be too long. There was a BBC special about how a boy had to wait 8 years to see an allergy specialist!!

OT: Because of the straining NHS, England has becoming strict on who comes in.

2) England is very liberal

3)Trials are similar to the states. An airman at our base r*ped a few underage girls and is serving 40 years in a British prison.

4) Their alcohol limit is lower than most states. DH was a supervisor of someone who got a DUI. When Dh talked to the police, the cop told him that one pint (2 liquid cups) will put an average man over the limit in England. THe illegal substances in the U.S. are illegal in England. However, marijuana is classed lower in the U.K.

5) It's very hard to have a firearm in the U.K. Most policemen don't even carry guns! Some farmers I knew had them- BUT it's a lot of paperwork and once you own a gun there, policemen can check on your guns anytime without a warrant. Guns must be locked up when not being used (you will get inspected for this).

Something I didn't like was there was basically no self-defense laws. Say a mugger hit you to take your purse. If you hit him and cause more bodily harm to him than he did to you, you can be arrested. Pepper spray, tasers, etc are illegal.

Some other tidbits:
-sales tax is 17.5%
-when we left in February, petrol was 99pence a liter (about $8 a gallon)
-housing is very expensive. The goverment was trying to figure out ways to put up housing developments to assist first-time home buyers
-There is a tv tax L100 ($200) a year per household
-Road tax per vehicle
-MOT which is a yearly vehicle inspection

I LOVED living in England! The people are so friendly, the countryside beautiful and the ale is fantastic!
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Old 10-11-2008, 02:48 PM   #4
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I lived and studied in London and gave birth to my daughter in a NHS hospital with a nice midwife. The health care system is excellent, I find it better than here, unfortunately ;-((
I cant talk much about gas prices and such , but I can tell you rent is expensive, life there in overall is expensive and it was specially for me since I was student with US dollars, I was counting every penny.
I lived in a Pakistani neighborhood in East London, I felt very safe because it was like my own people. Never had any problem, I was more in fear when going to central London alone in the train because of prejudice. Some people called me PAKI (insult to Pakistanis) but back again the asian neighboorhood i felt safe again.
Maybe some other poster might give better information.
Overall I love it there!!! I rather be there than in CA ;-))
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Thank you all! Do either of you know if they allow homeschooling there?
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Re: Tell me about England please..

I lived in Essex for a year (still within the M25) and loved it. I worked there and paid taxes but they were not outrageous. PP stated that sales tax was 17.5% but the price you see on the shelf is the price you pay so you don't notice.
I will agree that housing is expensive but it is all relative so when you earn pounds it's not too bad. We were able to live comfortably and still save a ton and travel a lot on a double income (we would have been on a lower end of middle class payscale).
I had to go to an NHS hospital a couple of times and found no trouble. We had some issues with registering for a doctor but they were sorted quickly. I saw my midwife only twice, we moved back to Canada when I was 27w5d.
I'd be happy to answer any other questions, feel free to pm me.
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Old 10-11-2008, 07:26 PM   #7
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Thank you all! Do either of you know if they allow homeschooling there?
Come to Canada our government really helpful with the homeschooling.

There is a good board for Americans that live in England, you probably can get more responses over there.

http://talk.uk-yankee.com/index.php?...4a4d85bcaf8&#2
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Old 10-12-2008, 06:23 PM   #8
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Thank you all! Do either of you know if they allow homeschooling there?
Yes, homeschooling is allowed in England..heres some info www.heas.org.uk
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