BRITISH expats will be banned from claiming Winter Fuel Allowance, saving over €30million a year.
The move is expected to affect over 60,000 pensioners in Spain as the UK government strips those living in hot countries of the award to stay warm in the winter months.
However, many expats have already voiced their concerns at the decision stating that in inland Malaga, just 50 miles inland from the Costa del Sol, temperatures can drop to minus 15 degrees in winter.
Terry Edwards, a pensioner living near Malaga, describes a winter with frost on the ground.
“I live up in the mountains, about half an hour from the coast—my place is 120 years old and can get very cold,” he said.
However, Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls said: “I’m not in favour of pensioners in Malaga getting winter fuel allowance.”
The change is set to go into effect in 2015.
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