BRITISH expats living in Spain are still receiving their winter fuel allowance, it was claimed this week.
Last year the allowance was given to 63,740 expats in Greece and Portugal as well as Spain, amounting to around 14 million pounds of tax money.
The allowance, between 125 and 400 pounds, is given to British citizens who are over 60 and usually resident in the UK, among other stipulations.
Britain can’t discriminate against anyone living within the EU under European law so Britons can still collect the money when abroad.
Matthew Elliot of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “To get the deficit under control, cuts in unnecessary benefits are going to be essential. We should start with winter fuel payments to retirees in the Algarve.”