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YOUNG people from across three local authorities have come together to help pensioners in need this Christmas.

Over one hundred food hampers were created and delivered by the Greater Glasgow Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV) as part of their Pressies for Penshies project.

Constables Stephen Want and Steve Shanks founded the new East Renfrewshire and East Dunbartonshire groups which recruited 48 young people within four months.

The groups have been working throughout the festive period to prepare and distribute the hampers.

The influential think-tank warned that some 'health tourists' have even run up bills for treatment of £50,000 which the taxpayer is left to shoulder.

The total cost of HIV treatment and care in 2001 was £165million but last year it soared to £ 345million.

Thousands of so - called 'health tourists' enjoy free treatment, putting a huge strain on the NHS and making British patients wait for beds.

Ministers have pledged to crack down on this fraud, using a rule made in 1989 that those who have spent three months abroad have to pay for treatment in the UK.

The latest example of how outdated processes are leaving taxpayers short-changed has actually existed for more than two years.

When the “pension freedom” reforms were introduced in April 2015 they ended the effective compulsion to buy an annuity, a contract that pays income for life.

"It will also force them into making choices about whether they have treatment in Spain - which ironically would be free under European Union law - or come back home to their family and be forced to pay."Up to 500,000 British pensioners are thought to live in other EU states.