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A total of £92 million is being given to expatriates in benefits, despite the fact that they do not pay tax in the UK.

This is due to the fact that two-way deals have been negotiated between EU states and a number of former Commonwealth nations, reports the Sun.

EU law states that those who qualify for benefits in one nation must continue to receive them when they move to another.

This has been extended to Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland, which fall outside of the EU.

According to figures seen by the news provider, there are eight different benefits which expats may still be entitled to, even though they have moved abroad.

£41 million in incapacity benefit goes to expats, as well as £18 million for bereavement and £16 million of winter fuel allowances.

This last benefit has come under the most scrutiny recently, with the government reviewing the situation due to many expats living in Spain, where the weather is generally warmer than in the UK.

It has not yet managed to renegotiate the terms of the deal, however, so expats will continue to get the winter fuel allowance at least for the moment.

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