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What's it like to live in England?

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I live in the United States right now and after high school, I plan to live in England perhaps for the rest of my life. I heard you have to have a visa and other things.
What applications need to completed to be able to move there?
What are the houses like?
What cities would you recommend?
What are the taxes like?

Anymore information that you can think of, please tell me.

Borrowed from http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20130125045031AAKiDgD (another picked some other idiot's answer as "best answer" while halfway through answering the bloody thing myself question)
asked Jan 25, 2013 in United Kingdom & Ireland Travel by Yosemite.sam1989 Experienced Beginner (325 points)

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To apply (most likely with the authorities politely telling you to sod off, as we've had to tighten immigration rules after the last government made a complete balls-up of it and let in too many of the wrong sort)........ visit http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/

Houses are available to view on google streetview (via either Google Maps or Google Earth) + on property websites such as http://www.primelocation.com/

Generally smaller inside than the average US house, and WAY more expensive. It'll be even worse still if it's had the central heating / hotwater boiler upgraded in recent years 'cos the same Labour government that let immigration get out of control decided that the only sort you can have now are "condensing boilers", which don't work in cold weather because the condensate pipe to the outside freezes up (and only last 8years, compared to 25yrs for a conventional boiler).

Taxes are very complex (the rule book expanded from 3000 to 11000 pages under that government that also made the immigration mess), and also pretty high... and been getting put up higher still to try wipe out the £156billion a year national deficit racked-up by Labour and pay down the £1trillion national debt they also racked-up.

60% of the price of Petrol & Diesel to power your car is made up of tax

Tobacco & Alcohol isn't much better

It costs £145 a year for a licence to watch TV (excluding subscriptions for SKY Digital satelite if you want channels with stuff on worth watching).

..... and then there are the "green" stealth taxes on Electricity bills pushing the price of that up too.... http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/9509020/Green-taxes-on-fuel-bills-nearly-double-website-says.html
Nearly £100 ($157 US) is tacked onto the bills to pay for useless measures to try keep the eco-loons happy in ignorance of the fact the windmills harm wildlife, cause massive pollution in china where they get the materials for the magnets that make them work, damage people's health and all sorts........ http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdelingpole/100142400/wind-farms-even-worse-than-we-thought/

See also: http://uklife.alltheinterweb.co.uk/

answered Jan 25, 2013 by anonymous
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