By Humphrey Carter PALMA

THE British Consul to the Balearics, Paul Abrey, yesterday confirmed that a team from the Department of Work and Pensions/Department of Health is going to be returning to Majorca later this month.

The British Consulate has arranged for two open events for British residents.
One is going to be held in Puerto Pollensa and the other in Calvia and the meetings come at a very important time considering there have been changes in the rules on exportable benefits such as Disability Living Allowances, as the Bulletin recently reported.

The Bulletin has been following the campaign led by the Conservative MP for North Thanet, Roger Gale, to force the government into complying with European Union law and paying British expatriates living within the European Union exportable benefits which they are entitled to, very closely over the past year.

Ten days ago, the government admitted to having made a mistake and a number of expatriates who had their exportable benefits stopped are entitled to have it backdated while others, if they meet the requisites, can now apply. But, the Benefit and Healthcare Team will also be on hand to provide essential information on entitlements in Spain and the services that their team can offer.

There will also be the opportunity to book a one-to-one appointment with a member of staff.
So, if you are confused about where to get your EHIC from, are working in Spain and want to know how that affects your pension or want to find out about how to register with the Consulate, these are just some on the questions which will be answered during the two events.

The British Consul will open both of the sessions and explain the role of the Consulate, and the wide range of services it offers.