Monday, July 25, 2005

Britons in Spain get winter payments

The winter fuel payments scheme instituted by Gordon Brown has handed out around �7 million to pensioners living in Spain and other southern European countries, it emerged yesterday.

The Liberal Democrats urged a review of the system after discovering that thousands of recipients of the �200-a-time payments were resident in the sunnier climes of countries such as Portugal, Cyprus and Greece.

I always relish the phrase "it emerged" in news stories, as if these things just bubble up without human intervention or agency.

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