Expat Uk News

Latest 10 news items tagged Uk

29 Jan at 12 PM 2015

DeVere introduces mortgage advice sector for expats

DeVere Group has launched a special mortgage division for expats after increased demand from clients who live overseas. The independently-run sector, DeVere Mortgages, will offer advice on properties abroad, buy-to-let equity release and tax optimisation from rental income. The group said it wants to increase its mortgage-related business by as much as 300 per cent over the course of the year on the back of the launch. Head of the company’s East Midlands branch, Mitch Hopkinson, who will oversee the division, explained that even...
22 Jan at 2 PM 2015

Expats demanding winter fuel allowance show proof of wintry conditions

Thousands of UK expats across the Europe are campaigning to ensure their winter fuel payments are not scrapped, and many have now taken to sending photos to show just how cold conditions are in the countries they live in during the winter months. Under a new government proposal, expats living in Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar, France, Malta, Cyprus and Greece will no longer receive their winter fuel allowances (around £200- £300 per year) as of next winter because the countries they live in are considered too warm. However, expats in...
22 Jan at 10 AM 2015

New Zealand expat dies on British mountain

A New Zealand expat in the UK has been found dead on a mountain after being missing for several days. Michael Flanagan, originally from Napier in New Zealand, told hotel staff in Windermere, around 130kms north of Manchester, he was going for a walk two weeks ago and never returned. Cumbria Police confirmed they had found Mr Flanagan’s body on the mountain of Helvellyn on Monday. Hotel employees said that he had spoken of his plans to climb the mountain while on holiday in the northwestern region. The New Zealander, 45, had...
16 Jan at 9 AM 2015

Bermuda adds Italian channels to ExPat TV

Italians living in Bermuda will now be able to watch TV shows and listen to radio programmes from their homeland for the first time, announced the island nation’s ExPat TV. The television station already features dozens of UK channels such as BBC, ITV and a number of popular Sky channels as well as ones from the US, Germany, Greece, Sweden, Norway and Denmark. The network’s boss David Skinner, from Bermuda, explained that he recently met with people involved in the running of ExPat TV, and was informed of the additional packages...
14 Jan at 4 PM 2015

British expat pensioners in Cyprus fighting to keep winter fuel allowance

British expat pensioners in the Mediterranean nation of Cyprus are fighting tooth and nail to keep their winter fuel benefits after a proposal to take the allowance away from them due to the climate they live in was tabled. The UK government is considering taking winter fuel allowances away from pensioners from 2015-16 if the country they live in has an average annual temperature than the proposed set level. This ruling would not only would affect expats in Cyprus, but also other European nations such as Spain, Portugal, France, Malta...
14 Jan at 12 PM 2015

British expat woman found dead and buried in Portugal villa

A British woman living in Portugal has been found dead and buried in the garden of her Portuguese villa. The expat, identified only as Brenda, 72, had been living with her boyfriend in Alcalar, Portimao, in the Algarve, but was reported missing by her son in the UK when he became worried after not having any contact with her for a couple of months. Portuguese authorities carried out excavations on the residence on Tuesday, after being informed that she was potentially missing by their UK counterparts, and are said to have found her...
13 Jan at 4 PM 2015

Spain: British expats wanted for ‘underpaid’ property tax

British expats who have purchased property in Spain at reduced prices in recent years may be told they have to make back payments on tax bills. Authorities in the Iberian country are currently looking thousands of property sales from the past four years and working out whether the costs were knocked down in order to make the sales. However, authorities in Spain can review sales prices years after properties are bought and decide whether or not they agree with the price. The Impuesto de Transmisiones Patrimoniales (ITP), known as...
7 Jan at 4 PM 2015

Oslo most expensive European city for expats

The Norwegian capital Oslo has been ranked as the most expensive city in Europe for expats to live in, according to a recent cost of living survey. The latest rankings, compiled by ECA International, did not feature any cities in neighbouring Sweden in the top 30, most likely because of the weakening of the Krona. ECA conducts cost of living surveys twice annually to assist companies in working out allowances for employees while on foreign assignments. The surveys compare like-for-like consumer services and products commonly bought...
31 Dec at 10 AM 2014

Hong Kong: Expats gear up for night on the town

Expats in Hong Kong are set to party the night away this New Year’s Eve, with all-you-can-drink offers proving extremely popular among foreigners in a city renowned for its high prices. Hong Kong offers everything, from its bustling Mong Kok and high-end Central districts, to spectacular mountains and stunning beaches, but this diversity comes at a price and, rent excluded, nights out are where it hits the hardest for most young expats. Numerous bars and restaurants on the vibrant Hong Kong Island have, therefore, offered special...
28 Dec at 12 PM 2014

New Zealand ‘expat’ faces jail time in Thailand for drug possession

A New Zealand man is facing years in a Thai prison if convicted of being in possession of Class A drugs, reports from the Southeast Asian country state. Forty-one-year-old Taylor Grainger was arrested and charged after local police allegedly found him with more than two grams of cocaine and methamphetamine in the hedonistic resort of Patong on the popular resort island, Phuket. Reports also claim that Grainger had overstayed his tourist visa after they found an expired passport at his home. In addition to being a tourist hotspot,...