Expat France News

Latest 10 news items tagged France

11 Dec at 3 PM 2014

UK expats in Cyprus to campaign for fuel allowance

British expats living in Cyprus are ready to campaign against the UK government’s proposal to stop their winter fuel allowance from next year. Expats residing in the Mediterranean country have said the eligibility tests that UK citizens have to go through to see if they’re entitled to the winter fuel payments were “unfair and sneaky”. The UK government announced last year that as of 2015, winter fuel payments would no longer be made to citizens living abroad unless they lived in countries that had an average winter...
28 Nov at 11 AM 2014

Elderly British expats shot dead in France

Police in southwestern France have launched an investigation after an elderly expat couple from the UK were found shot dead by their home cleaner. Derek and Sheila Hawkins, 98 and 86, were found dead in their home in the village of Fabas on Monday in what police believe could have been a murder-suicide. The wife had been killed by two gunshots and the husband by a single shot to the head. The village mayor Simon Bavard said that Mr Hawkins had left a number of letters for his children with the instruction for them to be opened after...
6 Nov at 6 PM 2014

Hidden financial and legal hurdles cause most expat stress

A recently released survey warns that would-be expats seeking a new life overseas should watch out for hidden hurdles such as tax and currency issues or unfamiliar legalities. Up to 400,000 Brits emigrate every year, with most citing a more relaxed lifestyle as a major reason for their life-changing decision. However, the survey revealed that it’s not the most alien destinations as regards language and culture which cause the most stress – it’s mostly all-time favourite English-speaking countries such as Australia and the...
30 Oct at 6 PM 2014

QROPS aces in the tax hole for permanent expat residents

QROPS are still a good choice for expats living permanently overseas as they give significant tax advantages in addition to conforming to the new pension rules. Overseas workers and expats who’ve reached retirement will benefit tax-wise from a QROPS, provided they have left the UK on a permanent basis. According to the Treasury, the new pension rules announced in the March budget speech will apply to QROPS, although the final wording has yet to be drafted. Whatever the result, QROPS will still be a good deal for those who wish...
21 Oct at 6 PM 2014

UK Foreign Office warns expats over increasing terrorist threats

As conflicts erupt in European as well as the Middle East and Asia, the UK Foreign Office has stepped up its travel warnings to both tourists and expats. France is the number one target for the latest British authority warnings to UK residents as well as visitors to the popular tourism and expat hub. A triple warning has been issued, with the expected terrorist backlash against France’s military intervention in the war between the Kurds and ISIS at the top of the list. According to the French government, security measures have...
14 Oct at 6 PM 2014

Lloyds Bank blanks out expat savers with interest cut and transfer bans

Lloyds Bank has issued yet another blow to its loyal expat savers by cutting its interest rate and banning transfers to a better savings deal. Previously, long-term UK expat savers with easy-access savings accounts at Lloyds Bank were able to switch online to a better deal as regards interest rates. Loyal customers have now received letters from the bank informing them that rates on their easy-access accounts have been reduced to 0.55 per cent, and the ability to switch to a better deal has been removed. One 40-year Lloyds customer...
14 Oct at 6 PM 2014

Which country gives the best returns for expat property investors

The international real estate sector has traditionally been a favourite with expat property investors, but it’s anyone’s guess which locations will perform best over the long term. Over the past year, the UK housing market has seen soaring gains, with many expat investors eager to cash in on buy-to-let opportunities before they are priced out of the market. As the year draws to a close, many are finding they can’t afford properties in areas already saturated with foreign buyers, and are looking overseas to find the next hotspot....
22 Aug at 6 PM 2014

French villagers rescue expat couple from neighbours from hell

An elderly British couple living in a French village were rescued by villagers after the neighbours from hell had trapped them in their home. The retired couple had moved to France to live their dream in a quiet mountain village, but found themselves living next door to another British couple who turned out to be the worst kind of nightmare next-door neighbours. An ongoing dispute over a shared right of way turned nasty when the elderly couple found themselves trapped inside their own home with no way of getting out. The next-door...
6 Aug at 6 PM 2014

Annual report shows increase in expats and tourists needing passport assistance

The number of Britons living or visiting overseas who needed passport help during 2013 rose by around eight per cent, not taking into account the huge number of people affected by the massive passport processing backlog. The passport backlog itself caused the worst crisis for the British passport office in decades, with hundreds of thousands of unfulfilled applications stacked in boxes awaiting processing. Waiting times of up to and over four months caused ruined holidays, missed family occasions and disrupted business trips....
28 Jul at 6 PM 2014

HMRC issues third highest QROPS mass suspension since April 2006

The 15 July official QROPS list published by the UK’s HMRC has suspended a total of 118 Qualified Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes (QROPS). The mass cull is the third largest since the scheme itself was introduced in April 2006, and includes 99 Australian QROPS, one from Mauritius, 15 from India and two from Canada. The tax authority declines to explain the reasons for its decisions, but suspensions can be the result of pensions no longer qualifying for inclusion, tax abuse, single member schemes losing members or reviews of a...