Expat England News

Latest 10 news items tagged England

15 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Expat Brits in France urged to join two Brexit-linked surveys

British expatriates living in France are being asked to take part in two surveys aimed at helping the French Interior Ministry and the British Embassy understand the expat community’s needs re Brexit. The two short online surveys are part of efforts by campaign group Remain in France Together (RIFT) and the British Embassy, and both are guaranteed to be anonymous. The subject covers aspects of the controversial application process for the carte de sejour, necessary for confirming residence in France prior to Brexit. According to...
15 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Anti Brexit campaign group sets legal challenge against 2016 referendum

The pro-EU campaign group UK in EU Challenge has launched a legal fight claiming the Leave campaign breached electoral laws by spending over its limit by almost £700,000. Recently, the UK’s Electoral Commission found ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ that Vote Leave had cheated on the spending limit and attempted to hide its overspend. According to a press release by the group, in any general election and local authority referendum or election the court has the right to declare the vote null and void if cheating on spending is...
14 Aug at 6 PM 2018

How the rest of the world sees expats

Are expats mostly too busy seeing the world through new eyes to be concerned about how the world sees them? The focus of a recent survey was somewhat different from the usual run of annual online expat questionnaires about living costs, liveability, salaries and suchlike as it measured expats’ beliefs of how their new communities feel about them. Words and phrases such as ‘a burden’, ‘good or ill feelings’, ‘rude’, ‘vital’ and ‘insensitive’ were all used to identify expats’ takes on how they’re perceived by...
13 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Brexit negotiations still ignoring UK pensions passporting plight

Tens of thousands of retired British expats living in Europe could lose access to their pensions should a hard Brexit result. According to experts working in the financial service industry, the possibility of being denied access to regular private pension payments isn’t fake news as it’s perfectly possible. Director General of the Association of British Insurers trade body, Huw Evans has already warned British lawmakers about the illegality of paying pensions to expat policyholders living in the EU should a hard Brexit become a...
11 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Is Dubai the new crime hub for tax fraud

Expat tax fraudsters are flooding to Costa del Dubai The futuristic desert city of Dubai is being used as a refuge by fraudulent tax evaders from the UK. Loved by the ultra-wealthy and famous, Dubai is now being nicknamed ‘ the World’s new Costa del Crime’ in a reference to the Southern Spain region formerly a refuge for UK criminals and fraudsters. Data leaked from the normally watertight government agencies show a high number of wanted and suspected criminals have purchased luxury mansions in several of Dubai’s most upscale...
11 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Swedish mother arrested with her daughter on arrival in Dubai

A Swedish national mother of three travelling with her four-year old daughter was jailed in Dubai for drinking one glass of wine during her flight. Dentist Ellie Holman had arrived in Dubai from London, along with her four-year old daughter Bibi, and was pulled up at immigration as her visa from a previous visit had only been issued for a single entry although it wasn’t yet out of date. She was told by an immigration official she’s have to return to the UK on the next available flight, but pleaded for a new visa application as her...
9 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Expat guide to car purchase in Spain

Once you’ve moved into your new home in Spain and discovered the disadvantages of the local transportation options, it’s time to consider buying a car. Purchasing a vehicle in Spain is procedurally similar to the British model as regards bureaucracy, but with several layers of Spanish law tacked on for good measure. For new arrivals as yet far from fluent in the local language, the process is daunting, with finding a bilingual friend the best idea. If you’re a registered resident, you’re allowed to buy a car as long as...
9 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Expat favourites for retirement relocation to Spain

For Brits dashing to get settled in Spain before the Brexit door slams in their faces, choosing a favourite location is the first priority. According to the UK’s Office for National Statistics, almost 50 per cent of the 300,000 Britons living in Spain are retirees over the age of 65. They’ve arrived for the warm climate, the lower cost of living and the security blanket of established British expat communities in favourite destinations. In addition, Spain’s healthcare system is rated in the world’s top ten, living costs are 20...
9 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Polish expats in UK urge ringfencing of rights post Brexit

Britain’s Polish community is urging May to guarantee their rights in the event of a hard Brexit. The Federation of Poles in Great Britain charitable organisation is now voicing concerns over the plight of Poles in the UK following a hard Brexit. The group hasn’t spoken before, but now believes it’s compelled to appeal on behalf of the more than a million Polish expats living, studying and working in the UK. Trepidation, it states, is now growing in the community due to increasing worries about non- involvement in discussions and...
3 Aug at 6 PM 2018

UK FCA new ruling makes QROPs easier for expats

For those approaching retirement and thinking to transfer their pension to a QROPS, there’s a lot to consider. A recent ruling by the UK’s Financial Conduct Agency might well be of help to would-be expat retirees confused about their financial options as regards QROPs transfers. Until now, any pension with over £30,000 was subject to a transfer value overview provided by an IFA, but many advisers have refused to provide the recommendation due to the possibility of being sued by a client should their money be lost. As a result,...