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.
From her home in Pas-de-Calais, Tina Hamilton, has been following how changes to certain benefits, including disability living allowance, carers allowance and attendance allowance have resulted in people who are now living in France no longer receiving these payments.
And this is despite a European Court of Justice ruling, passed in October 2007, saying that benefits are exportable to other European Economic Area (EEA) countries, Tina writes.
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.
I urge readers affected by this discriminatory practice to approach their UK constituent member of parliament and ask them to put pressure on the government to abide by the ruling laid down by the ECJ, in order that this benefit is reinstated to those who need it most.
After all, disabled people living abroad did not lose their disability at the moment of stepping aboard the plane, ferry or train!
The e-petition link is: Petition the Prime Minister to reinstate those benefits (DLA, CA, AA) removed from expats.
Many thanks for your support.