UK pensioners living abroad received almost £13m in winter fuel payments last winter a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The number has increased by more than a thousand in the last year and much of it goes to those living in much warmer countries than the United Kingdom – although that wouldn’t be hard. 

The Telegraph report: 

The Government paid nearly £13m in winter fuel payments to UK pensioners living abroad last winter, figures show.

Nearly £6m went to pensioners living in Spain, while those who retired to France received over £3m. Overall, 74,685 pensioners living abroad received the payments, including those living in Italy, Greece and Cyprus.

The figures were published by Department of Work & Pensions following a Freedom of Information request.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.