Expat France News
Latest 10 news items tagged France
3 Mar at 6 PM 2014
British pensioners who emigrated to be with grandchildren or for health reasons are being forced to return to the UK because their pensions are frozen in their host countries.
An example of the desperate decisions being taken by many elderly Brits who moved abroad to be with loved ones or to take advantage of warmer weather for their healths’ sake is a 90-year old grandmother who moved to Canada in 2001. An IT lecturer during her working life, she made the move to be close to her daughter and grandchildren who’d emigrated a few...
13 Feb at 6 PM 2014
After the BBC’s satellite switch last week, wails from Southern Spanish expat hubs could be heard for miles as aficionados realised they’d probably watched Eastenders for the last time.
The initial new satellite coverage map issued by the BBC showed a swathe of Europe covered by possibly less satisfactory signals, but at least they were there, unlike in the Costa del Sol and a few other Spanish expat hubs. Subsequently, ITV and Channel 4 switched as well, bringing the curtain down on Coronation Street to even louder wails....
11 Feb at 6 PM 2014
The British government is about to scrap part of the reciprocal healthcare agreement which ensures UK citizens can receive free healthcare in other EU countries.
At present, expats and visitors who need healthcare in other EU countries such as France
and Spain and do not qualify via employment are entitled to the service for free. As part of a cost-cutting exercise, the facility will no longer be available to Uk citizens under the age of 65, as the National Health Service will no longer reimburse other EU states for health costs...
6 Feb at 6 PM 2014
The British love affair with Spain is still as hot as ever, in spite of the infamous property scandals, demolitions and scamming developers.
As in decades past, the main attractions are the laid-back lifestyle and welcoming, warm weather, although the huge drop in property prices over the last several years also has its attractions. A new study has revealed that at least half of property bargain-hunters are looking for a holiday villa, a third can’t wait to leave the UK for ever and only 13 per cent are looking for a good...
3 Feb at 6 PM 2014
The UK government will scrap winter fuel allowances at present received by 92,983 British pensioners living across Europe, thus saving almost £17 million.
The controversial plan is the brainchild of Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith, and is causing anger across Europe’s retirement communities for its unjust application. In his latest announcement, Duncan Smith reiterated that the rule will apply to countries with average annual temperatures higher than 5.6 degrees centigrade.
Duncan Smith is blaming a recent change...
2 Jan at 6 PM 2014
A petition by lobbyists attempting to reverse the withdrawal of winter fuel allowances for expat pensioners is getting the cold shoulder from the majority of retirees overseas.
With over 200,000 British pensioners living overseas in European states due to lose their winter fuel allowance, it’s a surprise that the petition has so far attracted just 15,000 signatures. Many of the thousands of retirees living abroad are located in regions with colder, if shorter, winters than those in the more southerly regions of England....
1 Jan at 6 PM 2014
The European Parliament elections in the UK are due to take place on 22 May 2014, with the Electoral Commission campaign aimed at encouraging expats in Europe to vote.
Provided they are registered as overseas voters, have not been out of the UK for more than 15 years and are not registered to vote in the member state where they are domiciled, expats are entitled to vote. However, only a relatively small percentage are actually registered to do so in the UK.
According to Rosemary Davenport, speaking for the Electoral Commission,...
16 Dec at 6 PM 2013
Thousands of expats and second-home owners in France
and Spain are facing a ban on renting out their properties to holidaymakers.
The crackdown on renting out second homes in two of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations is expected to hit owners where it hurts most – in their pockets. The new rules may be implemented in Lyon, Marseilles and Paris before the Christmas break, and a number of properties may already have been rented.
The controversial new laws will also affect hundreds of thousands of budget holiday makers...
9 Dec at 6 PM 2013
The UK chancellor’s Autumn Budget Statement will bring a raft of changes for pensioners both home and abroad as well as affecting private pension investors.
The state pension will be increased by £2.95 per week from April next year, but Britons retiring in European Economic Area states which are on average warmer in winter than the hottest UK region will no longer receive the winter fuel payment from April 2015. Those living in northern Spain, France
and Italy are likely to be severely affected.
In a nod to the already wealthy,...
5 Dec at 6 PM 2013
For newly arrived expat employees, the most tricky part of moving to a new country is learning the language and finding a home without the assistance of their new employer.
A recent survey conducted by Lloyds Bank International has revealed that many overseas employers fail to give new expat staff any help in settling in to their new host country. As many as 25 per cent of those surveyed were given no payment towards the cost of moving nor any help in finding suitable long-term accommodation, and 68 per cent had no help in finding...