30 January 2019
Effective 21 January, the Home Office opened the voluntary public testing phase of the EU Settlement Scheme to resident EU citizens (and their EU citizen family members) with a valid passport and their non-EU citizen family members holding a valid biometric residence card.
Also on 21 January, the prime minister announced that the application fee (currently £65 for an adult and £32.50 for a child under 16) will be cancelled once the scheme is fully open and that anyone who has applied during testing will have their fee reimbursed.
The EU Settlement Scheme is an application to...Read More
24 January 2019
With the popularity of the UK curriculum around the world at an all time high, London’s International and Private Schools Education Forum (IPSEF) revealed the potential opportunities for UK schools looking to open abroad… as long as they understand their marketplace.
This reputation has seen increasing numbers of British school brands exporting themselves overseas. According to recent statistics from ISC Research, who provide data and intelligence on the international schools market, the UK curriculum is still the most popular in the world, having been adopted by 3,586 international schools globally.
This is something that Geoff Gladding, senior lead of the...Read More
23 January 2019
The number of people in employment in the UK has hit a record high while wage growth is at its greatest for 10 years, according to official data released on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the number of job vacancies rose by 10,000 over the quarter to November to an all-time peak of 853,000, reflecting the skills shortages being reported by many UK business sectors. The figures prompted a call from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) for a post-Brexit immigration system “that helps, rather than hinders” businesses.
The number in work in the three...Read More
21 January 2019
On 15 January 2019, the United Kingdom parliament voted overwhelmingly (by 432 votes to 202) against the withdrawal deal negotiated between the government and the EU. On 16 January, the UK Prime Minister survived a vote of no confidence. The government has until Monday 21 January 2019 to present a plan B to parliament for another vote. The debate and vote on this plan B, and any amendments tabled before then, is expected to be held on 29 January 2019.
While the article 50 process means that the UK will leave the EU on 29 March 2019, with or without a ratified...Read More
17 January 2019
Homes in the capital also experienced the greatest annual fall as they dove 0.7 per cent year on year in November, according to HM Land Registry figures.
The drop left the average London home priced at £472,901.
That contrasted with UK house prices, which dropped 0.1 per cent in value compared to October but rose 2.8 per cent compared to 2017, with the average property price hitting £230,630.
In England, house prices grew year on year by 2.6 per cent with the average home costing £247,430.
Property experts warned that further falls are likely after yesterday’s Brexit drama, in which parliament handed Theresa May’s...Read More
16 January 2019
Fees charged to tenants are to be outlawed on all new tenancies signed after June 1.
The long-awaited announcement of a date for introduction of the ban was made by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth, the Government’s housing spokesperson in the House of Lords, during the Tenant Fees Bill’s Third Reading yesterday.
He said: “Implementation is subject to the parliamentary timetables and amendments need to be considered in the other place [the House of Commons].
“We need to enable agents and landlords following Royal Assent to become compliant but we intend for the provisions to come into force on June 1, 2019.
“This would mean...Read More
15 January 2019
Despite a lack of official statistics, research suggests significant numbers of mobile young British expats working across Europe with no clarity as to their long term status.
With Brexit little more than two months away, nobody still really knows how many British expats live and work in the European Union, according to a London-based academic.
Dr Michaela Benson, research leader for the BrExpats project at Goldsmiths, University of London, says that the official Whitehall estimate of 784,900 UK citizens living in other EU countries (excluding Ireland) might be only about...Read More
09 January 2019
On the 27th December, we passed our 6th EGQS audit. This makes us the longest continual holders of the seal in the UK.
The EuRA Global Quality Seal is the world’s first accreditation programme for relocation providers and is open to all Full, Associate and Worldwide EuRA Members.
In 1998, an association was born with the founding principle of raising the standards in the relocation industry; that association was EuRA. Over the past 20 years, EuRA has worked with its 500+ members, the HR community and the EU to develop strategies that would set the delivery of destination services by its members...Read More
07 January 2019
On December 19, 2018, the Federal Council of Switzerland approved an agreement with the U.K. on the rights of citizens after Brexit. This contract benefits Swiss and British nationals who have acquired rights in Switzerland or the U.K., based on the Free Movement of Persons Agreement (e.g. residence rights).
Following the withdrawal of the U.K. from the EU, the bilateral agreements between Switzerland and the EU with the U.K will cease to apply. Therefore, the Federal Council wants to ensure the existing mutual rights and obligations between Switzerland and the U.K. after leaving the EU (Mind the Gap strategy). Until the...Read More
04 January 2019
An Order of 18 December 2018 authorises the doubling of the immigration health surcharge (IHS) to £400 per annum, effective 8 January 2019.
The discounted charge, payable by Tier 4 students and those on the Youth Mobility Scheme (Tier 5), will rise from £150 to £300 per year.
Introduced in 2015, the IHS is payable by those from outside the European Economic Area coming to the UK to work, study or join family for six months or longer.Read More
03 January 2019
Foreign buyers have invested £144.3 billion in London commercial property over the past two decades and are still buying despite Brexit, new research showed on Wednesday.
Agent CBRE revealed its office property data as industry experts insisted Brexit will not have a “material impact” on future appetite to spend here.
The firm said overseas investment into central London has increased steadily since 1999 (see data below). Buyers from Germany and the US were dominant in the Noughties, followed by Middle Eastern companies between 2009 and 2013. Between 2014 and Q3 2018, international buyers spent £56.5 billion, with Asian companies featuring heavily.
There have...Read More