Expat Italy News
Latest 10 news items tagged Italy
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...
7 Feb at 6 PM 2014
The long awaited BBC switch to its new satellite was expected to improve UK channels and possibly affect overseas viewers, but Costa del Sol expats didn’t expect to lose the free service entirely and are making their views known.
The migration of the service to the Astra 2E satellite is expected to be followed by Channel 4 and ITV as early as tonight, and Sky and Fox have already moved, possibly leaving tens of thousands of expat subscribers without any English language TV channels. The BBC switch took place yesterday, with the...
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...
3 Jan at 6 PM 2014
A long-term campaigner against the disenfranchisement of expats living overseas for more than 15 years, Harry Shindler has been recognised for his work to find British servicemen’s WWII graves.
Now in his early 90’s, Mr Shindler is a veteran of the WWII liberation of Rome and the Battle of Anzio, and has long been active in tracing the graves of British soldiers killed or registered as missing in action. He has been living in Italy
with his Italian
wife since just after WWII ended.
A long-term campaigner for the reversal of the...
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....
13 Dec at 6 PM 2013
Whilst expats the world over look forward to Christmas as a time to relax and have fun with friends, those lucky enough to live the UAE can source all the usual Christmas treats right on their doorsteps.
Entrepreneurs in the Emirates are now setting up shop to make and deliver traditional festive foods using recipes from Scotland, the UK and other European countries. The expat daily, Gulf News, has printed a list of Christmas delicacies and where to get them, thus solving many expat dilemmas about spending the holiday away from home....
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,...
15 Nov at 6 PM 2013
A recent press release by ITV is set to warm the hearts of expats living in Europe and deprived until now of their favourite soaps.
The press release revealed that a new ITV channel, ITV Essentials, has been set up in order to allow expats and holidaymakers to keep up with the goings on in their favourite soaps. The service is being provided in partnership with Saffron Digital, specialists in the delivery and management of OTT solutions, and saw its launch earlier this week.
The channel can be watched in Spain, Italy
23 Oct at 6 PM 2013
Following the news yesterday that yet another Spanish villa owned by expats had been demolished, today’s headlines reveal that expat villas in Italy
have been confiscated for similar reasons.
Brendan and Jane Crossan’s villa on the Ligurian Riveira was seized by the local authority following a five year battle by the couple to save their holiday home. Even worse, the couple are now charged with the criminal offence of owning an illegally built property, an offence which carries a prison sentence and huge fine.
The property, a...
17 Oct at 6 PM 2013
Property investment agents in the UK and all over the European states whose economies are in freefall along with their house prices are pushing cheap properties with pre-financial crash enthusiasm.
Greece is a good example of romantic sales pitches for its ‘sun, sea, land and imperishable charm’, as stated by a real estate investment company just last week. The company points out there’s a new tourism boom in the country, and notes the Greek government’s recent climb onto the ‘buy an expensive house and get a free residency...