/ What's So Great About The UK?
You could go private. The trouble would be you would have to pay what the health care actually costs, not a £20 donation.
If every immigrant paid twenty pounds every time they saw a doctor, the money would soon start adding up. Apart from that, we do pay NICs and taxes at the same rates you do.
I know what I say now will be considered racist and politically incorrect, but still: think of the mass of asylum seekers and illegal immigrants in the UK who never pay taxes or National Insurance, and very often don't work at all, but nevertheless receive free housing, medical care, education etc. etc. Yet the public opinion concerns itself entirely with those terrible, troublesome Poles - why is that? There is a lot I don't like about Poles in the UK, but hey, most of them at least obey the rules and work hard. And believe me - in case of serious illness most Poles go home and get treatment in Poland because they have already realized that the NHS wouldn't be of much help.
British qualifications are the qualifications your potential employers understand. An internationally recognised qualification is still better than a foreign one though
Sure, no problem with that - to a certain point. I just checked the price of the IoL DipTrans examination - I thought I remembered it cost somewhere in the area of 200 pounds. I was wrong though. The exam consists of several parts and the overall cost can exceed 500 pounds (i.e., my typical monthly income). So what criterion is really
being used here - language skills or level of overall affluence? Why is the fee so exorbitant? Additionally, there is only one examination date per year. The IoL seems intent on making it as difficult as possible to even get a chance at trying! Snobbery and unpleasantness all around.
I didn't say there was anything wrong with it, just that it is why some people get annoyed. From observations in other threads here, the main concern seems to be that it is bad for our economy.
When I first arrived, I thought I would enter a free market in which the English-innocent Poles would seek out people like me to translate and interpret for them. They would pay me out of their own pocket, and I would then pay Her Majesty any taxes and contributions due. Thus, my clients' salaries would have effectively been taxed twice, a nice thing for any economy, I would think, and I would still have plenty of clients and money for myself.
Well, the truth is totally different. The market is as heavily regulated as they come, in public service interpreting I need to work through local councils who pay me as little as possible while most of the money stays with the local authority. I don't know how it works out accounting-wise, but e.g. a surgery pays the council for my service, the council pays me a certain amount of that, and the rest of the money goes into keeping the council interpreting service going, I guess. I earn very little, the end user (the Pole) pays nothing, the intermediary (surgery or school) pays 100%. I don't think the economy likes that terribly, and I am not happy with the solution either. The only totally satisfied person is the end user, who gets a specialized service for free. No comments.