BigPete wrote:The Daily Mail recently estimated that £13.6 Million was spent last year on Winter Fuel Allowance claimed by UK expats ( in all countries ). Although I appreciate that this does not include the "fraud" of other pensions and benefits (not that I even think it IS a fraud !) it represents less than 1% of what the UK reports as being the value of such fraud every year.
In my opinion this is down to ...
1) Visibility : With it being a small % of overall benefit fraud committed in the UK it is easy for the press to see and make a big issue out of
2) Jealousy : Why should these expats be able to make a claim from sunny Spain, while I'm stuck here in the UK ?
3) Unfounded logic : It is always hot and sunny in Spain, so any such payment to expats should not be required
4) Greed : You have paid into the social security system in the UK for 40 odd years - thankyou very much - but now you have left the Uk you have zero entitlement to claim anything back.
I am at least comforted by the fact that claiming WFA from Spain is NOT fraud - providing the claimant meets the correct criteria.