Expat England News

Latest 10 news items tagged England

7 Dec at 6 PM 2018

New warning estimates hundreds of thousands of returning British expats will wreck the NHS

Government officials are warning a no-deal Brexit will result in hundreds of thousands of British expats flooding back to the home country. According to the UK’s Office of National Statistics, some 800,000 British citizens are living in European Union member states, with 25 per cent over retirement age and around 60,000 aged 15 or younger. A recently-released policy statement from the UK’s Brexit department stated all returnees would be entitled to welfare payments, schooling and housing as are all British citizens living in the...
7 Dec at 6 PM 2018

FCA to take action over unsuitable pension transfer advice

According to the UK’s financial watchdog, less than 50 per cent of pensions transfer advice given to Britons is suitable for individuals’ circumstances. The findings of a Financial Conduct Authority study of advice given on pension transfers were released yesterday, giving cause for concern amongst Britons looking to spend their retirement years as expats living outside the UK. Just 48.1 per cent of advice given was considered by the FCA to be suitable for those considering a pension transfer. The watchdog examined 18 firms and...
6 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Is medical tourism worth the hassle for expats?

Given that private healthcare almost anywhere is far cheaper than in the USA and often a deal cheaper than in the UK’s failing NHS, is it really worth shopping around for necessary operations? In the USA, commonly-performed operations such as knee transplants cost between $35,000 and $50,000, with the UK equivalent costing from around £12,000 to £15,000, still a hefty charge for pensioners and those earning basic wages. Websites offering medical tourism at a far lower price are tempting, but often the hype doesn’t match the...
5 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Aussie expats take advantage of dollar fall to invest in upscale homes

The week Australian dollar along with the Brexit and Trump effects are being projected to merge into a perfect storm of upscale property purchases by wealthy expat Aussies. According to top-of-the-range real estate agents, the surge has already begun, with enquiries about prestige properties from Australian citizens living and working overseas now at a higher rate that at any time in the past five years. According to one, since the Oz dollar fell below 80 US cents, potential buyers are looking at an effective 30 per cent discount on...
4 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Portugal housing bubble bad news for expat retirees

According to a major ratings agency, house prices in Portugal will keep on rising. Portugal is still considered to be a cheap destination for expat retirees as well as for start-ups and digital nomads, but its ever-rising cost of accommodation may take the shine off its formerly well-deserved fame. For several decades, Portugal’s Algarve region has been the refuge of choice for British expats looking for a warm, inexpensive haven far away from the UK’s cold winters. Sadly, a report by Moody’s ratings agency indicates the haven...
4 Dec at 6 PM 2018

UK consulates in Europe finlly gearing upp to help expats

One no-no as regards emigrating to Europe is the perception that UK consular officials don’t want to know about seemingly unsolvable problems experienced by UK expats. According to reports of a recent British Embassy meeting with campaigners for UK expats in the EU, the British consular service has been cranking up its services in a number of favourite UK expat destinations. Brexpat: Hear Our Voice campaigner Paul Hearn told local media a consular service representative had insisted the current trend was to move away from helping...
3 Dec at 6 PM 2018

UK expats overseas urged to register to vote as Brexit chaos continues

Given the utter chaos in the British parliament over Theresa May’s Brexit deal, Brit expats in Europe are being urged to register to vote. Former Transport Minister and British MP Jo Johnson believes it’s quite possible May will be forced to agree to a second Brexit referendum and is urging UK expats living overseas to be prepared by registering to vote. May, he says, is likely to see her draft exit deal crash to earth via a negative parliamentary vote, and will be desperately searching for a way to remain in power. Quoting...
1 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Brexit causing grief to French villagers as well as Brit expats

Brexit is causing grief to the French residents of Alet les Bains, a tiny village in the south of France. The Alet les Bains British expat community may only be 60-strong out of 440 residents, but locals love the way they’ve looked after and renovated their homes, made friends with the locals and integrated into the tiny community. As Brexit looms even larger, villagers are afraid their English friends will be forced to return to the UK, leaving the place they’ve learned to love as much as do its French inhabitants. It has to...
1 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Brits expats still investing in buy-to-let

Brit expats working in Europe invest in London buy-to-lets whilst those working in the Middle East prefer North of England properties. Perhaps the aboveo is something of a generalisation, but the statistics come from a major UK buy-to-let mortgage lender dealing with British expat property investors across the world. Over the past few years, the buy-to-let boom has forced real estate prices higher across the UK and caused a price explosion in London and its suburbs, but it still shows no sign of slowing down. The survey breaks...
29 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Brit expats await final judgement on right to revoke Article 50

Judgement on whether the UK can legally revoke article 50 is due December 4. Next Tuesday, the advocate-general of the European Court of Justice will present his legal opinion as to whether the UK has a right to unconditionally and unilaterally revoke Article 50. The final judgement is of crucial interest to anti-Brexit campaign groups as well as to the majority of UK expats living in the EU and hoping against hope their Brexit nightmares would surrender to common sense and reconciliation. The announcement was made following the...