Expat England News

Latest 10 news items tagged England

29 Sep at 6 PM 2016

UK and expat investors stymied by untimely death of scammer

An expat fraudster working in the UK and Spain has died unexpectedly, leaving her investor victims unable to trace millions of euros. Wendy Smart, also known as Wendy Jeffery, died before the estimated four million euros of investor money could be located. The fraudster persuaded dozens of expats in Spain as well as UK residents to invest in one scheme involving producing black truffles and another involving tree planting. Both were ‘guaranteed’ to produce huge returns for money invested. According to an investigative...
29 Sep at 6 PM 2016

LMIM investor group plans legal action in UK and other jurisdictions

A victims’ group attempting to get redress for the LM Investment Management Ponzi scheme collapse is investigating the feasibility of legal action in the UK and other jurisdictions. The LMIM scandal is perhaps this century’s most damaging example of investor fraud and is believed to have cost the 12,000 investors involved some A$750 million in losses. The investments were heavily pushed by mostly illegally working financial advisors in expat destinations including Hong Kong, Thailand and other Asian countries. LM Investor...
28 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Eurostat survey reveals Spanish city with most expats

Statistics from a recently released Eurostat survey have confirmed Spain as the most popular of all European states for expat living. It’s old news that Spain is and always was the hottest destination for expats, especially retirees, with the results of a new Euro-survey identifying coastal Torrevieja in Alicante as holding the highest number of expats in the whole of Spain. Also known as the ‘city of salt’, the seaside town is home to 46 per cent of foreign residents, the majority of whom are retirees from the UK. Having...
26 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Too little too late repeal of 15 year UK expat disenfranchisement

After years of broken promises, lawsuits, appeals and campaigns against expat electoral discrimination, it seems UK citizens who’ve lived overseas for over 15 years may yet get the vote. The millions of Brits living in EU member states and recently excluded from voting for their future security in their chosen destination may well greet yesterday’s announcement with scorn. Theresa May’s commitment to reversing the 15-year rule by the time of the next general election in 2020 has a hollow ring as, if a ‘hard’ Brexit is in...
26 Sep at 6 PM 2016

US and UK expats arrested in Bangkok after body parts found in freezer

The English language media in Thailand is reporting three expats have been arrested in Bangkok after a police raid discovered dismembered body parts in a large freezer. UK national Peter Colter together with US nationals James Eger and Aaron Thomas are in custody after a Bangkok police raid connected with forged passports also revealed dismembered body parts in a freezer. Drugs and guns were also found on the premises. During the raid a gun battle ensued, with one policeman wounded. Fake passports, six guns, methamphetamine and...
23 Sep at 6 PM 2016

How to avoid expensive mistakes when buying Spanish property

For decades, Spain has been the top choice for British expats looking for second homes or retirement villas, but ‘look before you leap’ is still the best advice. Spain’s sunshine, friendly people, great food, fascinating history and culture and ready-made expat communities have been attracting the British since the early days of cheap flights. However, buying a Spanish property can be fraught with risks such as dodgy developers, unstable property prices and even off-plan purchases of condos which are never built. That said,...
22 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Expats love France for its quality of life

A respected online survey taking in the world’s major expat destinations has praised France for its quality of life. Although France in general received brickbats as well as praise, its quality of life for expats was rated a deserved fourth out of the 45 countries surveyed. The result was far in advance of the USA at 26th and the UK took a disappointing 30th place. Over two-thirds of expats living permanently in France said their quality of life had improved considerably since moving. One observation made by a good number of...
22 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Avaaz anti Trump campaign launches in London

The latest attempt to save the world from the unthinkable prospect of Donald Trump in the White House was launched in London on Wednesday. The campaign, organised and run by registered US charity Avaaz, is being promoted as the ‘October surprise which will end Trump’, and seeks to mobilise the more than eight million unregistered expat American voters living overseas. Its first initiative began on Wednesday, with campaigners marching from London’s University College to the Houses of Parliament along with an open-top bus blasting...
22 Sep at 4 PM 2016

Totals of UK expat pensioners winter fuel payments slashed following crackdown

The recent crackdown on payment of winter fuel allowances to UK expat pensioners living overseas has resulted in the total cost of providing the benefit falling by two-thirds. The British government’s bill for winter fuel payments to pensioners living outside the UK has fallen dramatically since new rules for its entitlement were brought in. The winter of 2015/2016 saw just 42,015 pensioners resident in EU member states receiving the benefit, a striking contrast to the 2014/2015 payments to 137,845 expat retirees. Former work and...
20 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Thailand Tourism Authority holds Bangkok event to attract more expats

The Expat 2016 fair is due to take place in Bangkok on October 1 and 2, aimed at attracting more expats as well as wealthy tourists. The Tourist Authority of Thailand, (TAT), better known for its imaginative predictions of massive increases in tourist numbers, is holding a two-day event in Bangkok aimed at attracting more long-stay expats as well as more wealthy tourists. The event, known as Expat 2016, is the first such to be held within the country and will also target foreign workers considering jobs in the Kingdom. It’s...