Costa fortune! Number of elderly British expats receiving winter fuel payments fell by more than two-thirds after crackdown on ‘sunshine benefits’

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The quantity of elderly English expats getting the winter fuel installment fell by more than 66% after a crackdown on ‘daylight benefits’.

Iain Duncan Smith, the previous work and benefits secretary, acted to end the outrage of beneficiaries accepting the gift – worth up to £300 a year – in spite of living in hot nations.

His prosperity has spared the citizen more than £16million a year.

Figures demonstrate that in 2015/16, an aggregate of 42,015 individuals living in the EU got the installment from the English citizen.

This was down from 137,845 the prior year. The sum spent on the installments tumbled from £24.5million to £8.1million.

The winter fuel installment is worth £200 for more than 60s and £300 for those more than 80.

England needed to pay the cash to expats in hot nations due to an European Court of Equity administering depicted by Mr Duncan Smith as ‘silly’.

The diminishment was accomplished on the grounds that he forced another ‘temperature test’ on those accepting the advantage.

It influenced nations where the normal yearly temperature was higher than the hottest locale of the UK – the South West at 42F.

It implied occupants of Spain, France, Greece, Portugal, Malta, Cyprus, Gibraltar quit getting the money.

Italy is excluded on the grounds that its northern locale has a winter atmosphere colder than that of the English Isles.

Its rejection implied more than 2,000 Britons could guarantee the advantage, even in the hotter south.

Generally, individuals were qualified for the installment just on the off chance that they were in England at 60 years old and moved to another country later, yet the ECJ managed all expats ought to get it.

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