Expat England News

Latest 10 news items tagged England

4 Mar at 6 PM 2015

Brits over 50 seeking more adventurous lifestyle abroad

A large number of Brits over the age of 50 are looking to travel for at least part of the year after regretting not doing so when they were younger. One in four UK citizens say they would like to live overseas for part of the year, particularly during the cold winter months, while three in four admit that travelling is now top of their ‘to do’ list. Meanwhile, nine in 10 people describe the fact they did not travel in their younger years as a regret. The research, carried out by insurance company Staysure, shows that more and...
27 Feb at 12 PM 2015

Nutmeg may offer expats its new pension scheme

After launching an online pension, investment manager Nutmeg has said it may consider offering it to expats living in certain jurisdictions. At present, the new initiative is only targeting UK-based people, but the firm has admitted it is open to the idea of making it available to expats in popular locations such as Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Luxembourg among other countries as well as the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. However, anyone living in the US will not be considered because of the Foreign Account...
25 Feb at 6 PM 2015

UK: Changes to pension tax to affect expats

British retirees looking to cash in their pensions could benefit because of changes to the rules regarding withdrawing lump sums that will be introduced in April. The new regulations do not require a person to buy an annuity, while an added bonus for those wanting to take out large amounts before moving overseas is that there will be a reduction to the tax charge imposed – which currently stands at 55 per cent – when withdrawing cash from a pension pot. As of April this year, anybody aged 55 or above will have more freedom to...
20 Feb at 12 PM 2015

Thailand: French expat attack linked to deadly Russian kidnapping

Police on the Thai resort island of Phuket have yet to investigate reported links between a violent hatchet attack on a French expat and a Russian abduction case. Eric Seigneurin, an expat who runs the Blue Garden Resort and Spa in Cherng Talay, sustained four-inch-deep wounds to the back and side of his head after being attacked with a hatchet near his home on 8 February. Despite stories linking the attack to an alleged kidnapping in which 22-year-old Russian Iana Strizheus was discovered battered and bruised in Mr Seigneurin’s...
19 Feb at 4 PM 2015

Spain: UK expat raising awareness about carbon monoxide poisoning

A British expat whose sister died of carbon monoxide poisoning is trying to raise awareness in his adopted homeland of Spain, where three times as many people die from inhaling toxic fumes than they do in the UK. English teacher Adam Samuel, 33, lost his sister Katie five years ago after she inhaled toxic fumes. Carbon monoxide is a gas that can be produced when fuel is burnt without sufficient ventilation or by not fitting appliances correctly. On average, 125 people die in Spain each year after inhaling the poisonous gas,...
16 Feb at 4 PM 2015

Phuket barman charged after attacking non-paying expat

A barman on the Thai resort island of Phuket has been charged after attacking a British expat with a baseball bat when he said he didn’t have the money to pay his bill. Thirty-seven-year-old Sarawuth Kongphat, who works at the Green Leaf Bar in Rawai, beat Christopher Stark so badly upon being told that he had run out of cash that he fractured his skull. Kongphat initially told police Stark had punched him first but, according to Lieutenant Chollada Chokdeesrijun of the Chalong Police, there was no evidence the barman had suffered...
13 Feb at 12 PM 2015

Dubai expat buys UK number plates in new business venture

A Scottish expat living in Dubai has bought 35 “Arab-related” UK number plates in the hope that he can sell them on to wealthy Middle Easterners living in high-end areas of London. Tom Milne, who runs an oil rig equipment supply company in the Emirate, explained that he noticed how much some of the plates were going for and decided there could be a chance to make some cash. He noted that one plate, ARA8S, went for US$400,000 so came up with the idea of buying in bulk and trying to offload them to wealthy Arabs, who he said were...
12 Feb at 6 PM 2015

Channel Island-based bank sees rise in demand for buy-to-let mortgages among expats

Expat buy-to-let mortgages are on course to surpass local lending at the Channel Island-based bank Skipton International this year after only launching midway through 2014. British expats looking to purchase property often have problems getting a mortgage, but Skipton reports that the expat mortgage scheme is recording the fastest new growth rate the bank has ever seen. Managing director Jim Coupe explained that since launching the expat mortgage programme in August, the number of applications and their combined value has already...
9 Feb at 2 PM 2015

Kiwi expats educating London on haka

A group of New Zealanders in London aim to teach fellow Kiwis about the history and tradition of the haka, insisting that drunken people attempting to perform it is disrespectful. The Kiwis took to the street on the UK capital’s annual Waitangi Day in which hundreds of people partake in a pub crawl and perform hakas as a way of paying recognition to their homeland. Expat Kerrin Leoni had a message for the revellers, however, saying that they should enjoy their day but not forget the pride and integrity associated with the haka,...
7 Feb at 12 PM 2015

UK: Electoral Commission urges expats to register to vote

Britain’s Electoral Commission has launched a campaign to urge citizens living overseas to register to vote in time for the general election on 7 May. The UK High Commission in the Cypriot capital Nicosia noted that it was the first British election in which people could register online to cast their votes, adding that it hoped the initiative would lead to more expats taking part. According to recent estimates, around 5.5 million British nationals live abroad, but less than 20,000 are on the electoral registers. In order to...