Expat Uk News

Latest 10 news items tagged Uk

13 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Cambodia approve new safety-first construction laws

Expats in Cambodia are in support of the government’s strict new property construction laws. Following the disastrous collapse of a seven story building in Sihanoukville which caused 28 deaths and 26 injuries, Cambodia’s government has issued new rules for all constructions. Basically, should a faulty building cause death, injury or damage to an adjacent building by collapsing, developers will face fines, building license cancellations and suspension from any further construction projects. F or unlicensed buildings already...
13 Nov at 6 PM 2019

UK expat collective investment fund holders now risk HMRC tax blitz

Wealthy expatriate Brits with investments in offshore collective investment funds are now firmly in the sights of the UK taxman. Letters have been sent out to a large number of wealthy expats as part of a tax blitz on those using this specific tax strategy. The information required will allow HMRC to use replies under the guise of checking that gains and dividends from the stated funds are being correctly reported on annual tax returns. According to those working on the scheme, research has already identified many British investors...
12 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in Spain welcome Tesco favourites in new supermarket chain

Brit expats in the southern Spanish region of Murcia now have a huge choice of Tesco favourites via a new supermarket chain. Walking into the new Food Co store in Puerto de Mazarron is now just like the weekly Tesco supermarket shopping back in the UK. The huge, supermarket-style shop itself is the largest in the province, and is now crammed with literally thousands of British foodie favourites due to a deal between Tesco and the store. British expats from all across the Costa Blanca flocked to the supermarket once the news got...
11 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in Europe rushing to register for general election proxy votes

Warnings about a lack of time to arrange postal votes for UK expats in Europe have resulted in a rush to register for proxy votes. Following on from the chaos during the EU MP elections during which a huge number of UK expat voters lost the chance to make their preferences known, fear of the same scenario on December 12 has seen a flurry of applications for proxy votes. Back in the UK, local councils are busy sending letters urging British residents living in Europe to select the proxy vote option rather than lose their votes yet...
11 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Sihanoukville now a burst bubble as China pulls out

Cambodia’s former peaceful holiday town of Sihanoukville may well have been wrecked by Chinese casinos and crooks, but the party’s now over. One a quiet coastal resort much loved by Cambodians as well as by a small community of Western expats, Sihanoukville swiftly became a hub for Chinese on- and offline casinos, Chinese triad gangs, street crime, murder, kidnapping and violence. Unchecked development, gross violations of environmental protection laws and poor quality construction wrecked the town, locals were forced out in...
7 Nov at 6 PM 2019

British long-stay expats in Spain increasingly angry over 15-year voting exclusion

As yet another Brexit-induced British general election looms, some 60 per cent of UK expats in Europe are being denied the right to vote. The issue is the rule that British citizens living overseas for over 15 years are excluded from voting in UK elections or referendums even although, as in this case, their rights can be totally denied should the vote go the wrong way for their present circumstances. Put bleakly, those who chose to emigrate after retirement and who’ve built their new lives according to their preferences and...
7 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Online poll reveals British expats’ most-loved foodie treats

Moving overseas for a new life in a strange land can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but the downside could be missing familiar foods, drinks and culinary treats. A recent poll undertaken by an online store selling typically British favourites to expats all over the world has resulted in a comprehensive list of foods no self-respecting Brit can do without. At the top of the list is British-style tea, along with chocolate and, believe it or not, Marmite. Other essentials include Heinz salad cream, crumpets and IrnBru, British...
5 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Retirement savers insisting on managing their own money via pension freedoms

Many UK retirement savers are now insisting on managing their own money. Arguments are now ongoing between pension regulators, financial advisors, pension providers and savers themselves as to the ifs and buts about transferring to a defined contribution scheme from a defined benefit pension, with savers wanting more control over their own money and the timing of their retirements. The major reason why pension savers wish to transfer is the pension freedom legislation which allows cash drawdowns from the age of 55. Defined benefit...
4 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Long-stay Brit expats lose their voting rights yet again

Long-stay British expats overseas are still to be excluded from voting to retain their chosen lifestyles. Britons who emigrated to European member states as well as further afield more than 15 years ago will again be forbidden the chance to vote in the upcoming UK General Election. Totals are estimated as some 700,000 or more, with the majority living in European member states and most already prohibited from voting in the 2016 Brexit referendum. It’s estimated the vast majority of those excluded have paid tax and national insurance...
1 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Shrinking sterling hitting hard on UK state pensioners in Europe

Retired British expatriates living in a wide selection of EU member states have seen their lifestyles reversed due to the effect of Brexit on the sterling exchange rate. The UK state pension and many other occupational pensions are paid in sterling, leaving expat recipients to cut back as best they can during an exchange rate cut. During a meeting of the Lords EU Justice Sub-Committee, retired lawyer Jeremy Morgan QC – an expat himself – pointed out the plight of British expats living in Europe, adding the threat of losing the...