Expat Uk News

Latest 10 news items tagged Uk

15 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Expats in Gulf States and Asia still rushing to buy UK property

Mortgage enquiries from British expats and investors living overseas have soared by 45 per cent over the present quarter, indicating the rush from abroad to purchase UK properties is far from over. The still-growing trend seems to totally negate expectations that the government’s change of its buy-to-let tax law would put the brakes on the UK’s booming market. Even the political chaos surrounding the Brexit negotiations seems to have had no effect on the popularity of buy-to-let investments, although the focus is now on cheap...
14 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Expat dog lovers happy about change in Spanish law

Today, Spain’s civil laws are being changed to recognise the rights of dogs by declaring them as ‘beings’ rather than ‘objects’. British expat dog-lovers and their furry best friends will be celebrating the change in Spain’s civil laws which recognises dogs and other pets as ‘beings’ with rights of their own. The original classification for animals was as ‘objects’, able to be inherited or seized by bailiffs in cases of unpaid debts. According to both expat and Spanish dog-lovers, the move is long overdue and is...
12 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Luxembourg Home from Home is foodie heaven for homesick British expats

A pair of former City of London brokers in Luxembourg are cashing in on the expected influx of moneyed financiers by provided the best of Britain’s favourite comfort foods. John Hefferman and his business partner Mark Hollis saw a gap in the Luxembourg food market and filled it fast with a specialist store selling British favourites to homesick expat professionals relocating as a result of Brexit. The pair even named their shop ‘Home from Home’, and stocked it with traditional British favourites such as Yorkshire Tea, Marmite...
12 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Guide to your first expat Christmas in Germany

Expats living and working in Germany find themselves at the heart of traditional Christmas with glittering pine trees, endless fun things to do, and lots of delicious mulled wine. It could well be said that Germany invented the traditional Christmas enjoyed by the entire Western world. Christmas trees, now considered the icon of the festive season, were first introduced in the 16th century, only becoming popular in the UK after their introduction by Queen Victoria’s beloved Prince Albert. Although glitzy artificial trees are more...
11 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Gibraltar excluded as expat campaign groups reject Friday agreement

In spite of the EU and UK seemingly reaching agreement over the fate of EU and UK expats, it seems the Rock may be excluded from any deal and its British residents left to face post-Brexit life without a transition period. Brussels bureaucrats appeared to state Gibraltar would need an agreement with Spain over the Rock’s future in order to prevent its crashing out of the customs union and the single market on March 29, 2019. The protection afforded last Friday to expats living in EU states and EU expats in Britain will, it seems,...
11 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Expats alerted to increase in fraudulent bank transfer scams

Criminals are ramping up their bank transfer scamming activities, with expat investors warned to take care when making bank transfers to UK solicitors The UK’s Payments System Regulator has issued a warning over a sophisticated bank transfer payment scam which netted scammers over a million pounds in the first half of this year. Some 19,000 people were affected after being trapped in authorised push payment schemes targeting legal firms’ clients. The scam begins when hackers intercept unencrypted emails between solicitors and...
8 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Expat Christmases in Taiwan

The Christmas holiday is a good time to check out your chosen expat destination, as there’ll be lots going on and you’ll get a chance to blend in with the local expat community. Christmas is celebrated in some way in many Asian countries as it’s a time for being with family and gift-giving even in non-Christian lands. The Buddhist island of Taiwan is no exception, although it has to be said the weather is far warmer than in the UK, most of Europe and the northern USA. Christmas isn’t a national holiday here, but it’s a cause...
7 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Paralysed Brit expat trapped in Dubai by warped legal system

British pensioner Malcolm Munroe is paralysed following a stroke in 2013 and is being detained in a Dubai hospital until his unpaid business debts are settled. Monroe’s massive stroke left him totally paralysed and only able to more his eyelids. Since December 2013 he’s been in Dubai’s Rashid Hospital after being judged a criminal as he was unable to pay his business debts. His only alternative is three years in a Dubai prison, clearly impossible. Monroe arrived in Dubai with his family in 1983 and took over an already...
6 Dec at 6 PM 2017

All Hong Kong QROPS delisted by HMRC

British expats living in China as well as Chinese nationals with UK pension rights cannot now transfer their pension savings to a Hong Kong QROPS. In total, all 19 Hong Kong-based QROPS have been delisted by HMRC and are no longer included in the authority’s list of approved schemes. For expats living in China and planning to transfer their funds to a QROPS, the delisting means they no longer qualify for an exemption and must either pay a 25 per cent transfer tax or switch the fund to a UK-based SIPP self invested personal pension....
6 Dec at 6 PM 2017

British state pensioners have largest income drop of major world countries

It’s no wonder British pensioners have been queuing up to leave the UK for warmer, cheaper climes, as their state stipends are far below those of any other major world country. It’s official, Britain’s state pensioners are now at the bottom of the retirement league, with those unable to save for a private pension now undergoing serious hardship. Government reports invariably state the fact the elderly may have to rely on just the state pension, even if their wages over their working lives have only provided enough to support...