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Winter Fuel Payments - European Economic Area & Swiss residing claimants new advice

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The DWP have given guidance to Decision Makers following the Court Judgement in  C-503/09 LS v Secretary of State for Work and pensions concerning UK citizens residing in the European Econmic Area and Switzerland with respect to Winter Fuel Payments.

Memo DMG 31/12 can be found here<

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Pensioners to take 'temperature tests' before receiving winter fuel allowance<

9:11AM BST 23 Aug 2012

Pensioners will have to take a "temperature test" before claiming their £200 winter fuel allowance after the European Union ruled the British expats in tropical countries are eligible for the heating benefits.

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Iain Duncan-Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, has promised to fight the "ridiculous" EU ruling that could cost the UK almost £100 million per year.

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The diktat means 444,000 expats who have spent most of their working life in Britain would be eligible for the payment. Currently, only 73,000 who currently get it because they still lived in the UK when they retired.

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Mr Duncan-Smith is now planning to bring in a new rule saying the payments can only go to people living in cooler climates.

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"The winter fuel payment is about helping British pensioners with heating costs," he told a newspaper. "It is ludicrous we could have to pay more pensioners in hot countries."

More than 150,000 British pensioners who have retired to the warmer climates of Spain and France would be able to get the free heating subsidy.

The winter fuel allowance has previously been criticised because the £200 cheque goes to all pensioners regardless of their income and does not have to be spent on heating bills.

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