Expat England News

Latest 10 news items tagged England

18 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Expat Democrats in Canada urged to vote in US mid-terms

American expatriates living and working in Canada are being urged to vote in the mid-terms in order to thwart Trump. US Democrats are attempting to rally the 200,000 US citizens living in Vancouver to vote in the upcoming US mid-term elections, citing their belief that Democrat expat voters could swing the balance in a number of tightly contested battles for state governors, seats in Congress and the Senate. According to campaigner Tammy Flynn Seybold, only a miserable two per cent bothered to cast their votes in the close-called 2016...
18 Sep at 6 PM 2018

British expat pensioner is oldest PhD graduate ever

A retired, 95-yearold British expat living in Benalmadena on Spain’s Costa del Sol has just been awarded a PhD from Northampton University. His achievement makes Charles Betty the oldest PhD graduate ever from a British university, and his Doctorate of Philosophy was gained by a 48,000 word thesis taking five years to complete via a long-distance learning programme. Charles’s history is as unique as his achievement, as he left school at the age of 14, fought in France during WWII and, since his move to Spain in 1985, he’s spent...
18 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Brit expat social security cheats nabbed by international team

Thousands of Brit expats living and working overseas have been caught illegally claiming British social security benefits. Millions of pounds’ worth of social security benefits have been fraudulently claimed by British expats living and working overseas, according to the Department for Work and Pensions. An investigation by the department along with international fraud specialists has resulted in a record amount of £1.1 billion being reclaimed, with expats living and working in Alicante and Madrid featuring strongly amongst the...
17 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Brit ambassador to Spain warns all UK expats over registration

Britain’s ambassador to Spain Simon Manley has sent out warning letters to all Britons living in Spain. British expatriates living, working and retiring in Spain have received a warning letter from the British ambassador regarding the need to ensure they’re fully registered by the end of March next year. Whilst the letter expresses the British government’s optimism that a deal will be reached, it also warns British citizens that all eventualities should be properly prepared for, including the possibility of a devastating no-deal...
14 Sep at 6 PM 2018

PremierFX bankruptcy scandal spreads to Mallorca

In a follow-up from recent news reports on millions being lost by expat investors in Portugal when a forex trading firm collapsed, details are now coming in about a similar scale of losses by expats living in Mallorca. The sudden, suspicious collapse of PremierFX Ltd’s three offices in London, Portugal and Palma resulted in Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority’s forcing of the company into administration, leaving hundreds of expats unable to access their funds and completely in the dark as to what happens next. The sudden...
14 Sep at 6 PM 2018

China opens up Chinese stock trading to expats

China is to allow expats to trade in Chinese stocks from Saturday 15th, but it seems very few are in a rush to buy. From Saturday, most expats living and working across China will be permitted to open brokerage accounts for trades in yuan-denominated A shares, but many are in wait-and-see mode, quoting China’s reputation of rushing in where only fools dare to tread. One expatriate pointed out the volatility of the market, adding there will be mistakes needing to be corrected by brokerages and regulators before he’ll take the...
13 Sep at 6 PM 2018

UK expats win over HMRC in delisted QROPS case

UK expats with delisted QROPS have finally triumphed over the British taxman after a surprising court verdict. Recently in the First Tier Tribunal court, four appeals against HMRC were allowed due to the late serving of discovery assessments on delisted QROPs. Ina Hills, Nicolo Martin, Gary Connell and Gerrard Gordon had all transferred their pension pots to the Latvia-based Wenn International Pension Scheme at the time its QROPs was listed with HMRC in 2009. Subsequently in 2010, HMRC de-listed the scheme due to its failure to pass...
13 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Britons in France resort to anger over their plight

One of the worst aspects of the predicament in which UK expats in France now find themselves is conflicting information. For over two years, British expatriates who’ve chosen France as their home have been subject to misinformation, disinformation and occasionally outright lies by the British government and its ham-handed negotiating team. It’s been a roller coaster of hope followed by disillusionment, buoyed up again by hope before yet another let-down. Many have lived overseas for more than 15 years, disallowing them from...
12 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Expat professionals rejecting Brexit Britain

A recent survey has confirmed the UK is now one of the worst world destinations for expat professionals. Since the shock result of the 2016 Brexit referendum, migration to the UK from European Union member states has fallen to its lowest point in six years, with net migration also dropping from its previously high levels. Unfortunately, it’s the highly skilled and experienced expat professionals who’re now choosing to further their careers elsewhere on the planet. According to the latest Expat Insider survey results, the UK is now...
11 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Scots expat business owners in Spain fear for the future

Scots expat business owners on the Costa del Sol are fearing for their post-Brexit futures. Even although the Spanish government has reassured expat businesses they can continue as normal post-Brexit, many are afraid the knock-on effects of losing the EU’s right to free movement will result in a dearth of British customers. Another concern is the effect of the falling pound on the number of visitors as well as on expat pensioners for whom a cheaper cost of living is a must. Visitor numbers in favourite Spanish coastal locations are...