Thursday, January 11, 2007

Winter Fuel Payments in the Med

It's quite a well known anomoly that even ex-Pats living in Spain still receive the Winter Fuel Payment from the Government to help with their bills each year. However, I never actually realised quite how much money is thrown at pensioners who chose retirement to a place in the sun.

According to figures from the DWP Minister, James Purnell, in 2005/06, his Department paidd £4,215,000 in Winter Fuel Payments to claimants in Greece, Spain, Italy, Malta, Cyprus and Portugal.

I wonder if the ex-Pat communities get together each year and have a big party on us?


Anonymous said...
11 Jan 2007, 17:55:00  

Interesting that an old lady in a care home gets nothing, and an old lady in the Costas can get up to £300.

11 Jan 2007, 17:57:00  

Hi DIZZY not all of us get together, but I did not waste mine I bought 18 bottles of champagne from a little vineyard from that area that was superb, I bought 6 bottles of a 1999 vitage St.Emillion also tres excellent and a bottle of rare 20 year old Armagnac. Unfortunately it is now all gone, but the warm glow will last all winter. BON SANTE

Jeremy Jacobs said...
11 Jan 2007, 18:15:00  

This is outrageous but typical of the me,me,me attitude of many Brits at home and abroad.

Croydonian said...
11 Jan 2007, 18:54:00  

At which age does it kick in? Wondering if my Ma (in SW France) gets it.

james higham said...
11 Jan 2007, 19:22:00  

Yes, we do, especially in the fSU.

Benedict White said...
11 Jan 2007, 23:58:00  

i hope you don't mind me saying this, but that is *cough* dizzy.

What sort of bunch of pratts have not closed this loophole?

Anonymous said...
30 Jan 2007, 15:41:00  

What loophole???

I chose to live in Spain when i retired at 65.

For all my working life i paid my taxes and national insurance in the UK.

Why should i not be eligible for such payments in my retirement.

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Anonymous said...
5 Nov 2008, 15:45:00  

As an Ex Pat pensioner living in Normandy I feel the cold and have to budget carefully to pay heating bills. I still pay some taxes in UK and have contributed to my meagre pension over many years. Why should I be excluded from a benifit that I have contributed to after all there are many other things I don't qualify for living here.
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