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I have just applied (form available from Govt pensions online) for the winter fuel allowance for over 60's.

Sun, 10/28/2012 - 06:17

I have just bought Philly to make a topping for a cake, and sadly did not taste it before adding icing sugar etc. It is not the same recipe as the English pack but instead is a savoury sauce!

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 17:49

We usually travel by bus to Florence as it is quite economical for 2 people, but have friends visiting in a weeks time who may prefer to drive there.

Mon, 06/04/2012 - 08:49

I don't know how many of you watch the quiz programme L'Eredita' but the other day there was a question about what was against the law.....the answer TIPPING WAITERS IS AGAINST THE LAW.My father-in-law always said you must not tip, and we thought

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 11:58

Is there a problem with the site? or is it my computer?When I click on the arrow at the bottom of the list of recent posts which is the past takes you to the next page, it opens the first post on page 1.I tried yesterday too and it was the same.

Wed, 10/26/2011 - 08:39

Having enjoyed an abundance of delicious "Fiorentino" tomatoes all summer from 4 plants, the first ground frost has arrived in Casentino Alto, and I have now lots of green tomatoes. My day yesterday was a chutney one and I made 3 batches.

Tue, 10/25/2011 - 11:55

I thought I would share my experience of registering our car from the UK.

Sat, 10/02/2010 - 09:57

I have been invited to my neighbours for a BBQ. Is it ettiquette in Italy to take something? I was thinking of making an English pud - a Bakewell tart, but don't know if it is the OK thing to do.

Mon, 07/06/2009 - 09:06

I think I may have paid the ICI this year when I didn't have to.I thought that the non payment last year was a one off, but some Italian friends have told me that  while Berulsconi is in power Prima Casa owners don't have to pay.What has anyone el

Mon, 06/22/2009 - 13:05

Hi,does anyone know if there is a chain of motels on Italian Autostradas? My husband is driving down from UK in July and wants an over night stop north of Milan on the motorway, but not a hotel as he wants to check out about 5am.Rosietat

Tue, 06/16/2009 - 13:49

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Fri, 11/02/2012 - 14:41

From il Sole 24 03-08-2012 -


Pensioni, donne penalizzate rispetto agli uomini   Le donne in pensione percepiscono assegni più bassi rispetto agli uomini. Lo ha certificato l'Istat in uno studio su trattamenti pensionistici e beneficiari, secondo il quale nel 2010 oltre la metà (54,8%) delle donne percepiva meno di mille euro, contro un terzo (34,9%) degli uomini. Il numero degli uomini (597mila) che percepiscono un reddito pensionistico mensile pari o superiore ai 3.000 euro è di oltre tre volte più elevato di quello delle donne (180 mila). Nel 2010, dei 23.763.023 trattamenti pensionistici il 56,5% é stato erogato a donne e il 43,5% a uomini. Le donne, pur rappresentando il 53% dei pensionati (8,8 milioni su 16,7 milioni) e più della metà delle pensioni, percepiva solo il 44% degli oltre 258 miliardi di euro erogati, mentre il 56% è destinata agli uomini. L'importo medio annuo delle prestazioni di titolarità maschile ammonta a 14.001 euro, il 65,3% in più di quello delle pensioni di titolarità femminile, che si attesta a 8.469 euro. Secondo Istat, la crescente prevalenza del genere femminile all'aumentare del numero di trattamenti percepiti fa sì che il divario tra uomini e donne si riduca al 43,6% se calcolato sul reddito pensionistico medio, pari a 18.435 euro per gli uomini e 12.840 per le donne. Tra il 2000 e il 2010, i differenziali degli importi medi delle pensioni e dei redditi pensionistici tra uomini e donne sono cresciuti, rispettivamente, di 5,4 e 2,3 punti percentuali.

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 14:20

The price here is between €11 and €14 per quintal we paid €195 for 14.7 quintal which lasts a month for 1 large wood burner and 1 nordica kitchen stufa (range) The range is going 14 hrs per day, the large woodburner for 7 hrs per day. Last yer we used 75 quintal (€950). This was supplemented by a pellet stove on another floor, which used 40 bags of 15kg. It is about the same amount we used to pay in uk for a 3 bed insulated house (3 years ago) but here we have 5 beds and 3ft stone walls, and no insulation.

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 13:05

Since it is for pensioners, who have paid all their taxes and NI contributions for 39 years, I have no qualms is applying for it to suppliment the lowest state pension in Europe! Italians were protesting a few months ago because the average pension was €1,000 ----I wish mine was!!

Tue, 10/30/2012 - 08:01

We had an open fire in a huge old inglenook, which looked lovely and gave out no heat in our double hight living room, but with a large woodburner and an ecofan sitting on top it virtually heats the whole house - which is on 4 stories - as the heat keeps on rising. It also uses half the wood, and when the electricity goes off, which it often does, we do not have the pump problem. The kitchen has a Nordica white stufa(like a mini aga) on which we cook, it makes the kitchen the heart of the house, and an old jam pan full of water on the side, so we don't run the dishwasher in the winter. The not so ugly solar panel water(the best buy )means we rarely have to put on the electric water heater to boost the water, In fact we cant see the panel as the house is so tall!!

Answer to: byeee !
Sun, 10/28/2012 - 12:43

Yes its true..I look on this forum to see if there are useful bits of information for us living in Italy (full time), and to give any new info I have found, but there is always some clever clogs to shoot you down, not someone saying thanks for the tip! I wonder why I bother!

Sun, 10/28/2012 - 12:11

True but one question on the form - how old is your husband/wife means the other half of the couple has to fill in a form too...

Sun, 10/28/2012 - 07:38

Even if you are getting the UK state pension, the winter fuel allowance is not an automatic payment. You have to fill in the form, and my husband is not in receipt of the state pension is also entitled to the allowance.

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 09:57

Having a look at Fascicolo 1 page 106 as you suggested RAM, and it states under Argentina, UK, Spain, USA and Venezuela. State pensions are only liable for Italian tax if one has Italian nationality...... I can sleep peacefully now

Answer to: UK Food Delivery
Fri, 10/05/2012 - 07:32

smiley Thanks very much for this link. I ordered on Sunday and the parcel arrived Friday. A great service

Sat, 09/29/2012 - 09:01

I also pay tax in UK and have no income in Italy, and understood that I did not pay tax here as the UK insist I pay it in UK. I have just had a look for the "simple form" on the Agenzia delle Entrate and their IRPEF 770 Semplificato is 16 pages, and not designed for the average Joe. They must have some agreement with the commercialisti. So what exactly is this simple Form?