Expat Uk News

Latest 10 news items tagged Uk

24 Jun at 6 PM 2015

Lloyds announces London Expat Service expansion for non-doms

Lloyds Bank is to expand its London Expat Service to allow the increasing number of non-domiciles moving to the UK to access it. The London Expat Service launched last year in one of Lloyds’s offices in London, and is now available in various locations across the capital. The initiative aims to offer the bank’s day-to-day retail services as well as provide access to specialist British and international wealth advisers so clients relocating to the UK can enjoy a face-to-face experience. Lloyds Bank’s international private...
23 Jun at 6 PM 2015

Ex-tennis star Andrew Castle enticing British expats to Almeria

Former UK tennis ace Andrew Castle is luring expat Brits to southern Spain after taking on an ambassador role with Spanish property developer TM Real Estate Group. Castle, who was British number one in 1986 and climbed to a career high of number 80 in the world in 1988, owns a holiday home in the southeastern Spanish town of Murcia and is often seen on the courts of the renowned La Manga Club. He will now also spend some of his time promoting newly-constructed properties in Almeria. The BBC pundit, 51, said that the villas and...
22 Jun at 4 PM 2015

Brits face UAE deportation over use of bad language on WhatsApp

UK nationals residing in the United Arab Emirates face being deported if they are caught using inappropriate language online. Strict new legislation in the Gulf state means that anyone swearing in internet sites or applications such as WhatsApp and Kiks face a hefty fine of up to 250,000 dirham (£44,000). However, the situation is more serious for the many expats living in the oil-rich country as the federal law states that they can be deported if found guilty of the crime. The news comes after an Emirati man was handed a 3,000...
22 Jun at 2 PM 2015

Gulf’s demand for Filipino expat workers boosts remittances

The high demand for Filipino workers in a number of Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia and UAE, has increased the remittance value during the opening months of 2015. Philippines’ central bank governor Amando Tetangco said that a total of US$8.6bn was sent home by Filipinos across the globe between January and April – 5.1 per cent higher than the same period in 2015. The majority of the funds were sent from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, the UK, the US, Hong Kong, Canada, Singapore and Japan, according to the bank. The Philippine...
19 Jun at 3 PM 2015

Spain reveals most common expat names

Spain’s office of national statistics has published the most popular expat names in the country, with Moroccan and Romanian names out in front. According to statistics agency, Mohamed and Fatima are the number one men and women’s names respectively, with 40,658 Moroccan Mohameds and 18,493 Moroccan Fatimas living in the Iberian country. However, there are also many more expat Mohameds in the country, with a further 2,436 from Algeria and more than 19,000 Mohammeds with a double m. Meanwhile, in addition to the number of...
12 Jun at 9 AM 2015

Petition launched to prevent expats South Africans losing citizenship

An online petition in South Africa is asking lawmakers to change the rule that states when South Africans gain citizenship to a second country they lose the one for their homeland. The petition, which can be found on change.org, notes that many South Africans are stripped of their citizenship when they become naturalised to a nation they have relocated to, including the UK and the US. The initiative - which supports the South African Dual Citizenship Campaign that is fighting for thousands of South Africans who have had their...
10 Jun at 12 PM 2015

Majority of expats confused about pension freedoms

Seven in 10 British expats do not understand newly-introduced pension flexibilities, according to a study by financial advice company AES International. The firm surveyed 170 expats, finding that 70 per cent did not know their freedoms, and that of the 30 per cent that did, only six per cent knew in what way it would affect their retirement funding plans. Furthermore, of the 30 per cent who understood the regulations, 70 per cent were of the mindset that the changes were positive. The study also showed that 30 per cent of Brits...
10 Jun at 9 AM 2015

Expats in the Gulf send home US$100bn

Expatriate workers in the oil-rich Gulf states sent home over US$100bn in remittances in 2014, according to a recent economic report. In a strong indication of growth, the figure marked a two-fold increase since 2010, said Kuwait Financial Center (Markaz) head of economic research Raghu Mandagoathur. About 25 million expats reside in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations of United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, which roughly equates to the same number of locals in the states. The report, which...
9 Jun at 12 PM 2015

Murder charges dropped against Australian expat in Phuket

Thai police have thrown out the case against an Australian expat on the island of Phuket who was suspected carrying out the fatal stabbing of a nightclub worker in Patong. After studying CCTV footage that showed Mark Pendlebury acted in self defence when attacked by Sanya Khlueawaengmon, 25, on 11 March, police decided to drop the case. Lieutenant Colonel Jessada Saengsuree from the Patong Police said that the footage, which they could not be shown to the public at present, showed that a group of men attacked Pendlebury before he...
29 May at 9 AM 2015

Expats lose £850m worth of pensions

Roughly 250,000 British expat pensioners have lost out on pensions benefits worth in the region of £850m due to the fact that UK pension scheme trustees have lost trace of them since they emigrated. The estimate arrives after data gathered by FindMyLostPension.com showed that expats in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, Australia, South Africa, the Middle East and other regions across the world have pension pots that remain unclaimed. The average pensioner is owed anything between £2,000 and £30,000 per year, while tax-free...