Expat England News

Latest 10 news items tagged England

26 May at 4 PM 2015

Expats living in Spain to be affected by EU inheritance law

Expats in Spain could see their estates handed out against their intentions and their families having to fork out more tax than they should if they have not made a will. Spain is the most popular destination among emigrating British retirees, with thousands relocating to the Mediterranean nation each year. However, many remain completely unaware that the inheritance laws in the two countries are entirely different, and are all set to change once more. Spanish laws determine who the inheritor should be when a person who has not made...
26 May at 2 PM 2015

Expats investing more in UK property

Expat investment in British buy-to-let property is on the up, according to offshore bankers Skipton International. The bank’s managing director Jim Coupe said that there has been strong interest from all across the globe, but particularly the UAE. He explained that many customers now considered the London property market as “overheated”, resulting in them looking elsewhere in the UK for properties with rental yields that are more appealing to but-to-let investors. With investors cautious about putting funds in to a sector they...
26 May at 11 AM 2015

EU nationals in UK will have no referendum vote

European nationals residing in the UK will not be permitted to vote in a European referendum, said British Prime Minister David Cameron. The prime minister said that EU nationals living in the UK, despite being allowed to cast their vote in European elections, will not be afforded such a right in a European referendum. Meanwhile, British expats who have resided outside their country for less than 15 years will be permitted to vote, just as they are in the country’s general election. British, Irish and any other Commonwealth...
26 May at 9 AM 2015

British expat named Manilva’s first foreign councilor

The southern Spanish town of Manilva has appointed a foreigner on its local council for the first time in its history. UK expat Dean Tyler Shelton said he was “over the moon” to be voted in as councilor following the local elections on 24 May. Shelton, who will represent the IU party, said that the town’s expat community had given him “invaluable support” after many people considered the party was finished in the town following the decision of some of its members to form a new party. However, he said that they had been...
20 May at 11 AM 2015

Expat Australian teacher fighting for life in Phuket after motorbike accident

An English teacher in the Thai resort island of Phuket is in a coma after being involved in a motorbike accident in Patong on Friday night. Australian Louise Warren, who has been working at Patong Language School, was transferred to Bangkok Phuket Hospital on Monday for further treatment, announced a nurse at Vachira Hospitla where she had been being cared for. The nurse said that her heart stopped twice but they managed to restart it and she was, at the time of speaking, in a stable condition. The accident involving a 10-wheeled...
19 May at 9 AM 2015

Hong Kong: Drunk Brit rescued off the Peak after getting lost

A helicopter had to air lift a drunk Brit to safety after he lost his way at Hong Kong's Victoria Peak. The British man, aged 27, apparently got confused about which direction to walk in and then found himself in Victoria Peak’s heavily forested area at around 5am. He then proceeded to fall down a steep slope, after which he managed to get stuck due to entangling his foot in a length of rope. The man then attempted to free himself yet gave up after two hours of trying and decided to call the police for help instead. In a show...
13 May at 4 PM 2015

UK election success for Philippine expat

An expat Filipina woman has been elected as the councillor of Hertsmere borough and Elstree and Borehamwood town in last week’s UK general election. The victory of Conservative party member, Cynthia Alcantara Barker, marked the first time that a Filipino has been elected to a public office of this level in UK politics. Speaking to The Filipino Expat, Barker mentioned that it was her curiosity about local events that led to her community involvement. Before, she used to keep things to herself, however as she learnt more about the...
12 May at 6 PM 2015

Many British expats unable to vote due to 'broken system

‘There have been many complaints from across the world by British expats as they were unable to vote in last week’s UK General Election. Many British living abroad received their postal vote papers too late in order for them to return their votes in time for them to be counted. David Cameron, the leader of the Conservative party, is now serving his second term in Downing Street having won 331 seats, exceeding the necessary 323 seats needed to secure a majority government. The vast majority of complaints regarding delayed...
7 May at 9 AM 2015

Mother killed British family in Gibraltar murder-suicide case

A British family discovered dead in their Gibraltar house in March were killed by the Spanish mother, an inquest has been told. Thirty-seven-year-old Anarda De La Caridad Perez Friman stabbed her husband, four-year-old child and six-week old baby before committing suicide. Her husband, John Joseph Shannon from Liverpool, reportedly had wounds on his body indicating that he had tried to defend himself from the attack. North East Wales and Central Coroner John Gittins said at an inquest that Shannon’s body had been returned for...
1 May at 9 AM 2015

Rise in British expats investing in property

The number of British expats looking to invest in property back home has been on the up since the beginning of the year, according to a leading lender. deVere Mortgages revealed that in the first three months of the year, 75 per cent of all home loan enquiries it had received were made by Brits living overseas, predominantly expats residing in regions such as the Middle East, Asia, the US and Russia. The group explained that one of the main reason for the surge in interest has been currency charges, with the pound’s weakness...