I know that their are several Forum members that live abroad, so I thought this may be of interest to anyone who may have lost their disability benefits after moving to Cyprus.
Fight to reinstate benefits from UK
AN online petition has been set up to press the UK government to extend the payment of benefits to Britons living in other EU countries and Switzerland. The e-petition link is: Petition the Prime Minister to reinstate those benefits ( DLA, CA, AA) removed from expats. There is also a campaign started by expats living in France & Spain which will give a little up to date information, they are asking for people to join their campaign.
Make your voice heard on this issue. Join the campaign on Facebook: Link from Face Book to Petition
Extract from another article
A European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling on October 18, 2007 declared that the UK had illegally stopped paying benefits, including carers allowance, disability living allowance and attendance allowance by over-riding existing exportability rules.
As such, anyone currently based in the UK receiving these benefits will be able to export certain components if they choose to relocate within another EEA state or Switzerland.
However, it should be pointed out that for those expats seeking for reinstatement of these benefits, the Department of Works and Pensions is 'still considering the legal implications of paying benefit to people who are already living in another EEA state or Switzerland who wish to claim from abroad'.
We have taken this issue up with our previous UK constituent MP, who has approached the exportability co-ordinator of the Department of Work and Pensions' Disability and Carers Service on our behalf - only to receive the same standard response as quoted above.
It appears, therefore, that Mr Gordon Brown and his cronies are doing everything in their power to ensure that those people - unlawfully robbed of their legal entitlement to an exportable benefit - continue to be prevented
from receiving any monies due to them.
Have any of you taken beta-interferon on an aeroplane before? In light of the terrorist attacks, I am a bit nervous about doing so. I think it's okay to take the medication itself, as it is a small amount of liquid, but I'm not sure if I can take the needle in the cabin. I could put it in the suitcase, but then what if my luggage gets lost? I have tried contacting the airline, but it's all very vague and they just say to make sure I bring a doctor's letter. I am getting my knickers in a real twist about this, help!
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