Winter Fuel Payments: British Nationals Abroad

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 9th September 2013.

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Photo of Roger Gale Roger Gale Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (Full Member)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which French tropical overseas territories were included in his Department's average temperature calculations in respect of winter fuel payments to expatriate UK citizens living in the EU member states.

Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

From 2015-16 winter fuel payments will no longer be payable to individuals in countries where the average winter temperature is warmer than the warmest region of the UK (South-West England). The Government has worked with the Met Office to analyse comparable winter temperature data across all EEA countries. The Met Office used recognised administrative regions for each country. For France this was the 27 regions, including French Guyana, Guadeloupe, La Reunion, Martinique and Mayotte. It does not include the French overseas territories, which are not part of the EEA.

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