The Social Fund Winter Fuel Payment (Amendment) Regulations 2014 have been laid before Parliament today, and is set to come into force on September 21, 2015.
What it means is that pensioners living in France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Malta, Gibraltar and Cyprus, will no longer get the winter fuel allowance from autumn of next year.
The first announcement was made in 2013 by the chancellor George Osborne, right, when he said that entitlement would be based upon a 'temperature test' and so UK pensioners living in countries in Europe that were warmer than the UK would no longer receive the £200-£300 payment.
But when it turned out that the temperature measurements for France included its territories in the Pacific and the Caribbean, there was a great deal of questioning about the validity of the proposal.
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