zuzanna103 10 Oct 2014 #1I have lived in East Sussex for 5 years. I am now returning to Poland. I think honest and hard-working Polish should be made fully aware of what really goes on in England. If you are not a criminal, thief or liar you will not prosper in England. When I arrived to work as a care assistant to work for a large company they did not arrange any accommodation then I was charged almost half my monthly salary to live in a room no bigger than a cupboard! The only help I got was from citizens advice who just tell you that employers can do what they like but you could write them a letter. Over the course of my time employed by various companies I have not been paid and been the subject of very unpleasant behaviour from English workers. I followed procedures to complain but do not waste your time. An employer can sack you whenever for no reason and get away with it. The system of justice here is flawed. I have even reported to the Police here and been told the following: when you are sacked and your reputation ruined based on false accusations and no evidence of any crime they will not investigate. When you are the victim of extortion and theft they say no crime and will not investigate. In England you need to save all your money to pay a solicitor to write letters for you but do not imagine this will get you anywhere! Also remember that to work here you rely on work references. These will not be given automatically and do not think written honestly if ever written. Unfortunately it is not only English to be wary of here. In my attempt to move back to Poland I paid Polish who have set up here as a Ltd company Sokol4trans to take my house contents to Poland. They destroyed items and stole from me. They still have half my possessions which they are holding to randsom. I quote the Police 'good luck' it is apparently not a crime. If you want your voice heard you can continue to complain to your Police Crime Comissioner, Trading Standards via Citizens Advice, The Fraud Department, the Ombudsmen, The Government Ltd Company insolvency department and finally the Prime Minister's office but do not get over excited about a positive result. On a more domestic note if you want to bring your pets to England be prepared for huge vet bills and amazing medication prices. I got English pet insurance again so expensive and did not cover the basics. I ended up calling my Polish vet and having meds posted to me. Now I can warn you about English estate agents who I have had the misfortune to meet over the last 8 months. Do not use any estate agent here. You will be conned, lied to and manipulated. If you want to sell your house here in England you will lose all your sanity and then your money and find out the property law here is a farce. A 'buyer' can and will waste months of your time then the day before exchange of contracts withdraw offer or try and lower offer, pass on your confidential documentation to whoever in an attempt to force a lower priced sale and they never have to put down a deposit but demand you stop marketting your house to others. Do not be tricked by estate agents who want you to let unserious window shoppers into your home. Do not agree any sole agency contracts. Be aware that these agents are wanting thousands of pounds of commission from you but really are working for investors who will pay them to cheat you. If I had anything good to say about living and working in England I would include it but over 5 years I can not give you anything positive. I suggest you try moving to another country.