This Blog discusses the problems of the British expatriate pensioner in France & Europe. If you are concerned then it is essential that you write to your MP or a Minister. Links to find your MP, and ideas for a letter are at on the right below. You can also comment or email the blog author -- see profile.
Political Action is ESSENTIAL - one must not just grouse. View "FOUR CONCERNS of this blog".
Quite a number of OAP expatriates in Europe do not receive this payment because the British Government have claimed that they should not receive it unless they received it before leaving Britain. The legal position has been investigated by the Spanish Expatriates Association and the legal advisor (David Burrage) is satisfied that the position of the British Government is illegal in European Law.
The blog author (Brian Cave) has read the detail and made reference to the relevant EU regulations as published on the internet and is equally satisfied as to this stance.
If, as one supposes, the DWP will do all it can to oppose such applications, a personal petition will be placed before the EU. So please retain any correspondence to aid in this and keep in touch.
It could well be that the general election will change the landscape and it could just be that a new government will bring justice to all.
A letter to all three political parties has been posted. It does not draw specific attention to the WFP, but has a more general tenor. View the INDEX (on left) to find it. [November 2010- No news, All three parties are oblivious to pensioners on the Continent.]
p.s. the address for the appeal letter is
http://lefourquet.net/RdrsubWFP042010.doc (no final dot!)