The withdrawal of Winter Fuel Allowance has angered many people who have retired to live in a European country which may be warmer in summer, but is often colder in the winter than the South West area of England and has prompted I.L. North West France branch members, Dorothy Green and Eric Green to send an e-mail to HM Treasury for the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The e-mail and the Treasury reply are posted below :
From: Eric Laurence Green
Sent: 01 July 2013 16:11
To: ROBERTSON, Jane
Subject: Winter Fuel Payment
Dear Chancellor of the Exchequer,
Did you study Geography when in your school days ? Have you any conception of the size of France and the variation of winter temperatures across this huge country. We live in the Charente where the winter climate is generally very cold in the winter….ice, snow, gales…..that sort of thing. We do not live in the south on the Mediterranean coast sipping champagne as you like to characterise us. Certainly it is often much colder at that time of the year than in most of England.
If you think the correct criterion for WFP is temperature then you must insist on (continuing) that payment to us. You clearly have little regard, if any, for British citizens living in France and we must say it is very sad too to see how happy you are to cloud important issues with outrageous propaganda rather than speak the truth……reminds us of a gentleman by the name of Adolf……but then you’re too young to remember ! Perhaps you missed out on History as well as Geography.
Eric L Green B.Sc.(London)
Dorothy S Green M.A.(Oxon)
Treasury reply :
From: Enquiries, CEU – HMT [Restricted]
Sent: Tuesday, July 02, 2013 11:05 AM
Subject: [UNCLASSIFIED] RE: Winter Fuel Payment
Dear Mr Eric L. Green and Mrs Dorothy S. Green,
I am writing on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government to thank you for your email of 1 July.
Ministers are always keen to receive feedback from people up and down the country, so it is very good of you to take the time to write and to let them have your views. Please rest assured that the contents of your letter have been registered by the Treasury.
Thank you, once again, for taking the trouble to write to us with your views.