BRITAIN’S outgoing ambassador to Spain has told expats they must learn to help themselves.
Giles Paxman, who will step down from his post later this month, said that Brits living in Spain could avoid ‘dramas’ by being better prepared.
The 61-year-old stressed that the consular service in Spain – the world’s busiest – has a duty to focus on the most serious cases.
“If you’re living here you can prepare for the sort of difficulties you might face so that if those difficulties do occur, they remain simply difficulties and don’t become dramas,” said Paxman.
“A lot of British people who live here don’t speak Spanish and I understand that, but more and more local authorities do have people who speak English.
“We have to focus on the most serious and demanding cases.”
Last year, Britain’s consulates in Spain handled more than 6,000 cases.