I have just noticed that Pam and I have received our winter fuel supplements from Britain. Last year was the first one where we were able to claim so this is only our second instalment. Two hundred and thirty eight euros (£100 each converted into euros) goes some way to alleviate our winter gas bill.
How long we will continue to receive these payments is anybody’s guess. Having opened the door to all pensioners living abroad, the UK government have realised just how much they are now paying out. There is an idea being bandied about that those people living in countries where the average winter temperatures are higher than Britain should not be entitled to payments – I guess that means us.
Don’t they realise that cold is a relative thing, once you have lived in Spain for a few years, the winters feel really cold.