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Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Anger as 65,000 expats claiming winter fuel payments

Here we go again, knocking the Expats!

Not all of us Expats that are over 60 living outside UK receive the allowance. Even if we are still paying tax in the UK we are not entitled to claim the allowance, and we don't!!!!!

Possible solutions to reduce the costs of the allowance could be to make it a means tested payment, as with pension credits; to make it only payable to those in receipt of state pension.

Of course a much easier way would be to pay an increased state pension so as to remove those less well off pensioners from being in a situation of fuel poverty.

Perhaps it might be possible for a system to be instigated whereby the power companies could claim the allowance direct from the government for their, power companies, customers who are entitled to the allowance and registered as such.

Winter fuel bonanza for 64,000 expats in Europe - Times Online

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