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Campaigners want winter fuel allowance for all ex-pat pensioners

Campaigners have urged the government to provide winter fuel allowance for all ex-pat pensioners. The government has stated that it will cut the benefit, worth £200-£300 per year, for all ex-pat pensioners living in a country which has higher winter temperatures than Britain, by 2015. However, lobbyists claim this is unfair and have started an online petition against the decision on a government website. This petition needs 100,000 signatures for the matter to be debated by...

Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 by Samantha Bartlett

Rain for Christmas, but a dry New Year for Portugal

Much like many other parts of Europe, Portugal and its residents are expecting a wet Christmas Eve and Day this year. Theportugalnews.com reveals that in the North and South respectively, rainfall is expected through today/tomorrow (December 25th), but that things are expected to dry up in the period between Boxing Day and December 31st. Reporting on Lisbon specifically, the outlet reports: "The capital will be cold and damp for much of the coming week, with rain set to be accompanied...

Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 by Deborah Bates

Robbie Williams to perform in Portugal for first time in over ten years

Robbie Williams is to perform in Portugal for the first time in over ten years, according to the portugalnews.com. The singer will be playing the Rock in Rio Lisbon concert, which will take place on May 25 next year. Williams, 39, will be headlining the festival, which will take place at Lisbon's Bela Vista park. The news will come welcome to ex-pats who are a fan of Robbie, as the star hasn't performed in the country since 2003. Other acts set to appear at the event...

Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 by Samantha Bartlett

Portugal's economy passes crucial test

Brighter days could be on the horizon for Portugal after the country moved a step closer to leaving its bailout programme, reports bbc.co.uk . Upon the conclusion of its review into the country's economic performance, a 'troika' of lenders - consisting of the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund - has approved of its progress six months ahead of schedule The group granted Portugal a 78 billion euro bailout in May 2011 after...

Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by Richard Towey

Economy expected to 'return to growth' next year

Analysts at the Bank of Portugal have announced their expectations of the country's economy picking up in 2014, elplais.com reports. Good news for anyone thinking of moving to the Mediterranean haven in the coming months; growth forecasts have been revised up to indicate economic recovery. The reasons behind this are predicted increases in exports and private consumption. Portugal has - like the majority of European countries - been experiencing an economic recession, combined...

Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by Elizabeth Smythe

Portugal voted best golf destination in the world

Portugal has been voted the best golf destination in the world at one of the most prestigious tourism events, reports theportugalnews.com . The 2013 World Travel Awards Grand Final serves to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across the global tourism sector, also pointing holidaymakers in the direction of the best places to travel. Held at La Cigale Hotel in Doha, Qatar, the 'Oscars' of the tourism industry was celebrating its 20th anniversary this year....

Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013 by Richard Towey

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