British Consular Minister Chris Bryant has said he will be announcing some help for many of the estimated 320,000 British pensioners who now call Spain home. He is visiting the country this week to try to thrash out some solutions for seniors who are suffering because of the dramatic fall in the pound and the Spanish property freefall.

Huge numbers of expat pensioners say they can hardly financially cope in their once comfortable existence in the Spanish sun. Health care is another concern as well as overpriced homes that are now worth as little as half of what they originally paid.

The Minister will announce that there will be a big jump in the number of care assistants in Spain with an increased association with the organisation Age Concern which intends to have around 100 helpers in the country.

Expats living in Spain receive simple primary healthcare but have to pay for many health services. Many British pensioners living in Spain simply cannot afford the cost of health insurance because of their advanced years.