Frozen pensions: an open letter to Steve Webb

Telegraph Expat is campaigning for an end to the injustice suffered by ‘frozen’ expat pensioners. Here, our finance specialist Alison Steed writes an open letter to pensions minister Steve Webb. By Alison Steed Dear Mr Webb, On behalf of the 400,000 or so expat pensioners who have had their state pension payments frozen at the rate they were at when they left the UK, we tried to speak to you last month. We wanted to ask you – when the total cost of uprating these frozen pensions in… Read more »

CIBSE (Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers) presence in Thailand

Matthew Silvester, Executive Engineering Coordinator and Meinhardt (Thailand) Ltd, recently contacted us to inform that: “I’m a regular subscriber to your TCN publication. You may or may not be aware who “CIBSE” are (Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers). Heretofore the institution has had a limited presence here in Thailand. They have however recently appointed a country representative (me) with a view to growing and raising awareness of the institution in Thailand. There are currently 7 expats (all of senior level) in Thailand that are members (I should… Read more »

Thailand rates highly in expat survey

Thailand‘s friendly factor figures highly among expatriates planning to relocate to other countries, according to the Expat Explorer 2010 online survey sponsored by HSBC Bank International. Friendly attitude of the people towards foreigners is lauded by the expatriate community. Conducted by a third-party research firm between April and June, the survey of 4,127 expats from more than 100 countries found that the five countries where it was easiest to make friends with the local people are Bermuda, Bahrain, Thailand, South Africa and Hong Kong, while Europe was the… Read more »

The top 10 tax tips for globetrotters

Moving abroad can be a financial nightmare. Tax expert David Franks continues his exclusive series of articles for Telegraph Expat by telling you how to avoid the major tax pitfalls for expats. 1 Beware of the DIY approach. When you first think about moving abroad, begin by listing in order of preference the countries in which you would be happy to live. Ignore the tax systems for the moment – assume they are all the same. Then discuss your choices with an experienced tax advisor. You may be… Read more »

10 legal tips for avoiding UK inheritance tax

In the first of a series of articles for the Telegraph Weekly World Edition, David Franks, CEO of Blevins Franks, outlines 10 ways expats can avoid paying UK inheritance tax. 1) Change your domicile Unlike any other tax, UK Inheritance Tax (IHT) follows you around the world, regardless of where you may reside. That’s because it is based on your domicile, not residence. So you need to change your domicile in order to shrug off IHT. If you really have made a permanent move to a new country,… Read more »

So you want to own a hotel…

Reality shows continue to be all the rage on television these days. By Bill Bernett managing director of C6 Hotel Whether you want to sing, dance, model, cook, survive, juggle penguins, apprentice, or simply be seen, the next ten minutes of fame can be yours. Of course for many, the brief glare of the spotlight returns them promptly to the cold harsh darkness of anonymity. From hero to zero ” or even less, casting you into some sort of perpetual twilight, like a modern-day vampire who has to… Read more »

Daily aspirin dose 'for everyone over 45'

Everyone aged over 45 should consider a small daily dose of aspirin to help protect themselves against heart disease and cancer, a panel of experts suggested yesterday. Evidence is building that the benefits for many healthy middle-aged and older people “far outweigh” the side effects, according to the academics. In particular, individuals at higher risk from the country’s two biggest killers would be helped by taking the painkiller as a preventive medicine, they added. The experts were speaking at the Royal Society of Medicine a month after research… Read more »


“When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar … and the beer. A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. So the professor then picked up a… Read more »

A slow boat down the Mekong

One of the world’s great rivers defines the geography of Southeast Asia. Rising frozen in the Tibetan highlands and running through China’s Yunnan Province, the Mekong defines the geography of Southeast Asia. It is both a lifeline and a frontier, linking and separating the countries of the region – Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam – before finally emptying into the South China Sea, south of Saigon. Our voyage down the Mekong began in northern Thailand, in the mysterious, notorious area known as the Golden Triangle, once the… Read more »

Methods to Get The Price Of Building A House In Thailand For You To Retire To

Methods to Get The Price Of Building A House In Thailand For You To Retire To I am going to describe two distinctive methods of obtaining a price for a building project in Thailand. 1. Via Unit Rates In Order To Assess The Price Of Construction. Utilizing a Rate/metre squared, that is to say Baht/m2, is the primary and most easy method to arrive at an idea of the cost for constructing your retirement home in Thailand. The rate/m2 for constructing homes in Thailand differ depending upon the… Read more »