Expat Uk News
Latest 10 news items tagged Uk
23 Nov at 2 PM 2014
We're thrilled to announce that Lisa Sadlier, winner of our Education and Integration Schools blogging competition, has just had her first book published. Congrats Lisa! So if you are thinking about moving to Spain with with your kids, check out "Moving to Spain with children" and, once you're there, start blogging and join our thriving community!
<h3>Moving to Spain with Children, by Lisa Sadleir.</h3>
If you search online you will find a multitude of books about Spain; books set in spain; books about: moving...
14 Nov at 2 PM 2014
’s Department of Health has warned Spanish-based expats that they have to properly register with authorities in the country to make sure they have full protection in the state healthcare system.
“Moving to Spain? Think about Healthcare!” is the <a href="https://www.gov.uk
/government/world-location-news/think-healthcare-when-moving-to-spain-or-it-could-cost-you-time-worry-and-money-warns-new-video">new video</a> produced by the department. The video, which informs would be expats that the process can...
14 Nov at 9 AM 2014
A British woman living in Portugal has been handed a 12-month prison sentence after falsely claiming the benefits of her deceased mother.
Maria Joao Ferreira Lucas claimed more than £73,500 by posing as her mother, who died in January 2008. Instead of informing the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) that her mother had passed away, she claimed all the benefits before transferring them into their own account.
The British Embassy in Lisbon issued a statement saying that Ms Lucas contacted the DWP in June 2008, posing as her deceased...
13 Nov at 2 PM 2014
Taiwan has been named the number one country in the world for expats in terms of having the cheapest and best medical facilities, according to a new survey.
The research showed that almost seven in 10 expats in the east Asian country said healthcare costs them less than it did before they moved there - in comparison to the global average of three in 10. Furthermore, nearly two-thirds of expats in the country said the healthcare there was better than it was in their homeland, compared to the global average of just under four in 10.
13 Nov at 9 AM 2014
British expats do not properly integrate after emigrating, according to a new survey, which says they prefer to stick to their own social groups.
British expats living in United Arab Emirates and African countries are the least integrated, said the study, which was conducted by global relocation specialist Robinsons.
The survey showed that almost a third of respondents, 27 per cent, said that their friends were “mainly British”, while 10 per cent described their social group as “exclusively British”. At the opposite end of the...
12 Nov at 6 PM 2014
pension providers are likely to see a massive increase in the number of 100 per cent drawdown applications following next April’s take-up of the new pension rules.
One of the UK
’s largest drawdown providers, Standard Life, fears that many thousands of pension holders will decide to take full drawdowns, swamping its call centres and online site. The company and its competitors are planning to upgrade their facilities and allocate enough resources over the next several years to allow for a huge increase in new drawdown requests....
12 Nov at 6 PM 2014
New investigations into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann seven years ago have identified a number of new suspects, two of whom are UK
expats who were living in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz at the time.
Portuguese police have declared the two Brits as formal subjects, (arguidos), and will be ordered to give DNA samples whilst being interviewed later this month. The two men are unknown to each other, and were living in the region at the time Maddy was reported missing.
Four more people have been identified as possible...
11 Nov at 6 PM 2014
The latest financial scandal to rock the expat world has resulted in massive losses due to the activities of commission-hungry rogue salesmen and greedy product providers.
Individual losses range between many hundreds of thousands to pension pots of £100,000 or less, with the staggering total making the collapse of the unregulated LMIM fund one of the most damaging since the 2008 crash. Warnings about the instability of the investment had been circulating online since 2009, when long delays in honouring redemption requests first set...
10 Nov at 6 PM 2014
For decades, tropical Thailand has been a retirement haven for UK
expats for its cheap cost of living and year-round sunshine, but buying a condo has always been a risky business.
It’s not just the government rules on the purchase of property by foreigners which can ruin the dream, it’s the continuing off-plan property scams perpetrated by dishonest expat developers. The latest to emerge involves a condo block in Pattaya’s Jomtien district – or it would be in Jomtien if it had been built!
More than 100 would-be expats have...
7 Nov at 6 PM 2014
Expat investors who were mis-sold unregistered EEA Life Settlements Fund bonds have until December to launch complaints.
The Guernsey-based collective investment scheme, composed of traded US life policies, was wrongly marketed as low risk for some years to Europe and Asia-based expats by commission-hungry salesmen. Following the UK
Financial Services’ 2011 ban on the sale and marketing to retail investors of such products, a rush of redemptions resulted in the fund’s suspension.
By then, 4,700 investors, many of whom were...