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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 09:03 AM
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30. Pensioner expats continue to leave the UK and more claim the Winter Fuel Payment

More ex pats are claiming the Winter Fuel Payment benefit from the U.K.
The number of claimants is up 52% over the past five years and now stands at about 73,000. The estimated cost to the UK Government is 15.6 million pounds.

About half of those to claim, nearly 34,000 are living in Spain, followed by 17,815 in France, 6,819 in Ireland and 5,300 on Cyprus. The rest to claim live in Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Malta, leading some member of the UK public to consider such claims as fraudulent as they believe at least the winter temperatures in the Mediterranean dont justify it. The tax free one off payment can amount to 300 pounds each winter.

Those claiming have to be born before 1951 but the first claim must have been made back in the UK. The website warned that you cant get a payment once you have moved to another EU country or Switzerland and didnt qualify before you moved.

A UK Taxpayers Alliance spokesperson, Emma Boon, said the increased number of claims from Europe was shocking and yet more evidence we need to reform the welfare system, so that money goes to those who really need it, not to well off expats living on the Costa del Sol.

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