THE British government is considering the implications of the European Court´s decision that some social security benefits should be paid to British expatriates living overseas.
Under the present legislation the majority of British residents living abroad can only receive their state-registered pension. However, the European Counrt says that they should receive the disability living allowance, attendance allowance and even carer´s allowance. If these benefits were received it would really help expatriate Britons who are struggling at the moment with a 30 percent loss in income as a result of the fall in value of sterling against the euro.
British Social Security Minister said: we are still considering the implications of the European Court's decision on paying Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance and Carer's Allowance to people who claim from another European Union state or Switzerland. We will publish the entitlement criteria on the Directgov website as soon as the details have been finalised. As a result we are not yet in a position to make decisions on individual awards for these customers. However, Roger Gale, Conservative Member of Parliament for Thanet, who addressed members of the Conservatives Abroad in Majorca two years ago said: It would seem that it is in order for UK taxpayers to contribute to benefits paid to those who arrive in the UK from overseas but that this government is prevaricating over the implementation of the decision of the European Court and is reluctant to pay out to those who have contributed to the UK tax system for most if not all of their lives.