Expat England News

Latest 10 news items tagged England

24 May at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Spain rush to stand as candidates in local elections

Dozens of expatriates living in the popular Andalusia region’s towns and villages are queuing up to register as candidates in upcoming local elections. The current election year is expected to be the most diverse in decades, with expats from the UK, Scandinavia and a good number of other northern European states now included on local political party lists. Local elections in Spain are vital, with almost 50 per cent of Andalusia’s coastal resorts comprising sizeable expat communities. Apart from the EU MEP elections, local polls...
24 May at 6 PM 2019

Retired Brit expat couple plan 900-mile charity fundraising trip by tractor

An intrepid pair of retired UK expats living in France are undertaking a charity drive back to the UK in a vintage tractor. John and Kathy Elliot, formerly residents of the historic Derbyshire hill town of Buxton, decided on the fundraiser after watching close friend Emma Getcliffe die of motor neuron disease just two years after her diagnosis. Before she died, John promised her he’d do the drive in her memory in order to raise money to aid research into the deadly disease. The condition affects the brain and nervous system, causing...
23 May at 6 PM 2019

Specialist beers and wines are favourites for expats in Asia

Whether it’s fish ‘n chips, Weetabix, Marmite or Guinness, British expats as well as their international compatriots crave a taste of home, especially if it’s almost unavailable. Home country foods and beverages are an occasional must have for expats all over the world, especially if they’re a taste of childhood in a far simpler universe than the present version. This incontrovertible fact of expat life has prompted expat entrepreneurs to start businesses bringing in all-time favourites to hordes of waiting expatriates in...
23 May at 6 PM 2019

Specialist buy to let lenders cracking down on tax avoidance

In a new move, lenders specialising in buy-to-let mortgages are now refusing loans to landlords suspected of tax avoidance. A leading property investment lender now fears beneficial interest mortgages may be in breach of HM Revenue and Customs’ rules on tax avoidance and are cracking down on landlords as a result. These specialist mortgages involve the transferring of a rental property’s legal ownership to a limited company whilst retaining full control of proceeds from sale and profits on rentals. Professionals in the sector are...
22 May at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in France losing chance to vote again

Expats living in France are afraid their EU election postal votes won’t be counted. Due to the political instability all too common nowadays, interest in the EU MEP election amongst expats living overseas has received a boost, but many now fear their postal votes won’t count. The problem seems to have been due to a bad choice of postal service by councils looking to save money on the UK Royal Mail’s costs. BBC coverage of the issue uncovered that voting papers were being sent by the Adare postal service to British expats in...
21 May at 6 PM 2019

Some Spanish towns and villages now have more Brits than locals

It has to be said that not all British expat retirees want the stress of learning Spanish and adjusting to a different culture. Expat retirement for many UK citizens isn’t about a totally new language and lifestyle, it’s simply about a better climate enjoyed amongst other like-minded Brits in a supportive community. As a result, a number of Spanish towns and villages have found themselves becoming Little Britain, a home from home for a sizeable number of expats. Whether or not more conventional expatriates agree with this stance...
21 May at 6 PM 2019

UK expat retirees hit hard by sterling volatility

British expat retirees in Europe have lost 14 per cent of their pensions’ purchasing power since the Brexit referendum. A report from a technology service handling more than 6,000 regular monthly payments to UK pensioners living in EU member states has revealed British expat retirees’ costs of living have risen by 14 per cent due to currency volatility. In comparison, the rate of inflation in the UK over the same time period is seven per cent. In addition to sterling’s Brexit-induced instability, the USA’s trade war with China...
20 May at 6 PM 2019

EU expats in UK fighting for Remain in EU polls

European citizens living and working in the UK as expats are fighting for an end to Brexit via voting in the upcoming EU elections. Several European expats are standing for election as European Union MEPs in order to fight against Brexit. One such candidate is a French legal advisor living in Wilmslow and working in London. Once the immediate threat of a no-deal Brexit had receded, Sophie Larroque and several of her British friends founded the UK EU Party, even although none of them had any experience in politics. Once they’d raised...
20 May at 6 PM 2019

US Embassy advises expats to spend every last cent on health insurance

The US Embassy has issued a warning to its expats in Thailand urging them to get adequate private health insurance. Embassies in general seem to only address the problems their expat citizens face until issues have been done to death in local media and online by disgruntled citizens with genuine grievances. This latest intervention may well win the 2019 ‘too little, too late and uninformed’ prize as, for starters, it was the US diplomatic machine which suddenly refused to guarantee its expats’ monthly incomes as required by Thai...
17 May at 6 PM 2019

China bans marriage licenses for expat lovebirds

If you and the love of your life are expats living and working in China, don’t even think of getting married in your new home! For reasons as yet unclear, China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs has now posted a new rule stating marriage licenses will no longer be available for foreign couples wanting to tie the knot. The closest thing to a wedding in the Chinese/Western style is still available in Hong Kong, which offers marriage licenses to lovebirds of any nationality. However, if you’ve formed a circle of friends in China and...