There was a throw-away line in The Economist the other week, which made me think “how odd” at the time. Alas, I forgot about it until just now when I watched the weather report which was talking about snow in the UK – so looked it up again to see if I read correctly.
It seems that British pensioners can claim a Â£400 per year winter heating allowance, which considering what UK winters are like sounds quite sensible. However, any British pensioner can claim the allowance – even if they are actually living in the South of Spain at the time.
Unless I am mistaken, the South of Spain is not exactly noted for its frigid winters – and I think this is possibly one loophole which really should be killed off – although it’ll probably be replaced with a Summer cooling allowance instead.