Winter fuel payments to expats soar 70%

Adrian Holliday

Winter fuel payments claimed by expats living in mainland Europe soared 70% in the last year. Around £21.4m was claimed in 2012/13 compared to £12.8m. Work and Pensions boss Iain Duncan Smith slammed the new figures as "ridiculous".

Many pensioners across Spain, Cyprus and Greece all took the Treasury cash, helped along by new EU rules. But not for much longer. %VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%