Expat England News

Latest 10 news items tagged England

7 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Expat families hit by more increases in tuition fees

The increasing financial burden of international standard education for the children of expats is now a major problem. As the world economy stutters and relocation packages are replaced by local contracts, the ever-increasing fees changed by international schools overseas are becoming a major problem for expat families. As a result, globally mobile expats are being advised to stay firm on education costs when negotiating salaries and benefits. The situation is becoming critical, with more and more expat parents deciding to...
7 Dec at 6 PM 2016

UK pensioners overseas to face tax increased tax bills

A hidden message in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement indicated a government plan to align the process of taxation on overseas pension with that of UK pensions. At the present time, pensioners living overseas and taking their income from the so-called Qualifying Registered Overseas Pension Schemes’, (QROPS), are only paying income tax of 90 pc on their earnings from the fund. The recent proposal will increase the tax payable to 100 pc, bringing it into line with the amount charged to UK pensioners. The reason behind the change...
6 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Expats in Hangzhou get Good Neighbour awards

Two long-stay expats living in the Chinese city of Hangzhou have been given Good Neighbour awards for their service to the community. One of the traditional highlights of the annual Hangzhou Neighbour Festival is the giving of Good Neighbour awards to residents who’ve made significant contributions to their local community. This year, two foreigners were voted the awards for the first time by local residents. Australian hotelier Pater Zaunmayr arrived in China 15 years ago and has lived in Hangzhou’s Xixi community for three...
5 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Making a success of expat life

Leaving your home country to become an expat isn’t just about shipping yourself, your goods and your family to a new country, nor is it just about jobs and visas. Moving overseas, whether for retirement, career advancement or simply a much-needed lifestyle change take months of research and planning, but the story doesn’t end once you’ve boarded the plane. Even if you’ve successfully ticked all the practical boxes, you may not have realised the subtle adjustments necessary to get through your first few months in a strange...
5 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Brexit effect devastates Spanish property market

Real estate agents in the Spanish Costas are reporting British demand for homes in the sun has fallen by 50 per cent since the Brexit vote. According to local estate agents, British demand for holiday and retirement homes in the popular Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca regions has fallen by 50 per cent since the Brexit vote and subsequent sterling crash. The slump wiped out strong gains in the market during 2015, during which 10,000 homes were purchased by Britons taking advantage of the strong pound. Traditionally, British buyers...
1 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Uncertainty continues for UK expats in EU

Theresa May’s failure to fast-track a reciprocal deal on the status of both UK expats in Europe and EU expats in the UK has left several million migrants in a continuing state of uncertainty. Donald Tusk’s and Angela Merkel’s tough responses to May’s attempt at an expat amnesty seem to have made it clear that the European government’s attitude towards Britain’s leaving the EU is hardening even more. Had her proposal been accepted, 1.2 million Brits in EU member states and a further 3.3 million EU citizens in the UK would...
1 Dec at 6 PM 2016

UK expats shock at worldwide Marks and Spencer closures

Following the UK company’s decision to close its stores in China due to lack of demand, the quintessentially British retailer has now announced it will close100 stores in Europe. Known as a link with home for Brit expat shoppers, M&S has seemingly overreached itself with its huge expansion in Europe as well as its 10 stores in China. Once famed for its good quality, reasonably priced fashions and home décor goods, its UK sales figures and profits have been declining during recent years, although its website accounts for around...
1 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Study shows culture shock affects expat health and wellbeing

Would-be expats are underestimating the effect of culture shock on their physical and emotional wellbeing. The popular perception of relocating overseas is that moving to a totally different environment and taking on a new job and lifestyle is an exciting adventure. However, a new study has revealed culture shock is a very real threat to the average expat’s physical and mental wellbeing. According to research undertaken by an international health insurance provider, the stress of finding a new job, suitable housing and getting...
30 Nov at 6 PM 2016

EU clamps down on MPs call for UK and EU expats rights

A request from pro-Brexit UK members of parliament to prioritise a fast deal on the rights to remain for UK and EU expats has been rejected by the EU. Just as media reports began suggesting May had finally faced up to the post-Brexit plight of UK expats in EU member states and EU expats in the UK, European Union authorities have clamped down on any pre-Article 50 negotiations. A letter signed by dozens of UK lawmakers slating the use of expats as bargaining chips received a sharp reply from EU Council president Donald Tusk. Tusk’s...
30 Nov at 6 PM 2016

Frozen pensions force repatriation on UK expats overseas

Over the past year, over two thousand retired British expats have been forced to repatriate to the UK due to their state pensions being frozen. Official figures from Britain’s Department for Work and Pensions show several thousand British citizens who’d chosen to live overseas In retirement were forced to return to the UK due to their state pensions being frozen. Many of the returnees had lived abroad long-term and were no longer able to support themselves on the original amounts paid at the time they left the UK. The data was...