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Old 26th September 2012, 05:12 PM
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WINTER FUEL PAYMENTS

Following a recent judgement in the European Courts
(Daily Telegraph 24th August 2012) winter fuel payments are now being
paid to UK pensioners living in the member states of the European Union.

Previously pensioners who were in receipt of the allowance before moving to a member state could continue to receive it. However if you are one of the many who either moved after reaching pension age or have attained pension age whilst
living in a member country you can now claim the allowance.
The qualifyingweek for this winter was 17-23rd September 2012

It is necessary to claim by completing Form WFP3(EEA) which you can either download from the internet or by requesting a form from the International Pension Centre,
Newcastle. Tel +44 191 2187777.
Husband and wives just require one form as there is provision for them on the aforementioned application.

To qualify a member of your household must have been born before the 5th July 1951. The rates vary according to how many persons live in the household and their age. Generally the allowance for two qualifying persons under 80 is 200pa. (100 each) Unfortunately back payments after 2001 are not allowed.

The allowance can be paid either directly into your local account or
a UK bank. The choice is yours and it is not necessary to have the allowance paid in the same way as your UK State Pension.

The closing date for receiving claims is 31st March 2013.

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They are keeping quite about it but it also applies to Disability/Attendance Allowance. If you feel you need assistance with daily living and have a strong link to the UK you can now claim

Payment of disability benefits in other European countries : Directgov - Disabled people
You need to contact the "export team"

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Old 29th September 2012, 01:47 PM
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My outlaws have been receiving the winter fuel allowance for 11 years and it more than covers their gas bill for the whole year out here. My parents received theirs but felt so guilty they donated it to a local animal rescue centre....

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I have received it since I was 61.

I do not feel guilty in the slightest, I have paid in to the system since 1958 and am still paying.

So if if there is owt for nowt on offer, I'm going to have some.

Cannot spend it on fuel though, don't use any, if the blooming volcano blows, might need a new tin hat and some running shoes
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I'm sure they will have found a loophole to avoid paying it to people living in "warm countries" by the time I become eligible - but if not, I will definitely claim it. Our winter fuel bills are about €200 a month, just to keep the house at a stingy 20ºC!

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I'm sure they will have found a loophole to avoid paying it to people living in "warm countries" by the time I become eligible - but if not, I will definitely claim it. Our winter fuel bills are about €200 a month, just to keep the house at a stingy 20ºC!
Also thinking further, those who choose to live in the Arctic, are subsidised by us, who choose not to.

The U.K. is a free country, if you are frozen daft, you are free to leave, we did.

JoJo went back though, how strange

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My outlaws have been receiving the winter fuel allowance for 11 years and it more than covers their gas bill for the whole year out here. My parents received theirs but felt so guilty they donated it to a local animal rescue centre....
How can anybody feel guilty?If they have been hard working all their lives there is nothing to feel guilty about.Certainly don't feel guilty about getting mine.Been getting it for the last 6years but still pay tax in the UK as have old age pension as well as a works pension and some people just don't believe it can get as cold here as it can in good old Blighty plus a few of the Spanish children look forward to when we have a delivery of our wood as they appear out of nowhere with their barrows and carts as they know they will get some pocket money out of us.Really hope everybody is safe and well and not too much damage caused with the floods.

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Well done Hepa. Saw your post today,,phoned Newcastle and told me that "Madame Crocodile"' my wife, as she is known too all in the village, and I are eligible or the allowance. We have been here for ten years and I was not eligible as we moved to France before retirement age. That amount will pay for our winter supply of logs. Bonne weekend. Fletch.

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Ref. my last post re. Winter heating allowance, which I did not think that we were entitled to. I took your advice and applied for it. On 4th dec. 2012' two hundred smackers arrived in my bank account in UK?

Thanks a lot, if we ever bump into each other I will buy you a large drink of choice. Happy XChristmas, Fletch.

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Damned good idea, Happy Christmas to you too.

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