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Disability Benefits

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

My right hon. Friend the Member for Stirling (Anne McGuire), the then Minister for Disabled People, notified the House on 3 April 2008 that following the European Court of Justice decision of 18 October 2007 we would in due course publish details of the eligibility criteria for payment of the disability benefits, “Disability Living Allowance” (care component), “Attendance Allowance and Carer’s Allowance” within the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland for those people who wish to claim these benefits from abroad.

We have now carefully considered the full terms of the judgment and the provisions of European legislation which co-ordinates social security systems within the EEA and Switzerland, as it applies to the UK’s disability benefits and their re-classification under European law as sickness benefits. Details of the eligibility criteria for payments of the disability benefits have been posted on the Directgov website on the pages: “Taking disability benefits to other European countries”1, and “Claiming disability benefits if you live in another European country”2.

Customers who would like more information about the effects of the judgment should contact the address below:

Pension, Disability and Carers Service, Room C216, Warbreck House, Warbreck Hill Rd, Blackpool, FY2 OYE.

Email: exportability.team@dwp.gsi.gov.uk

Customers who have already contacted the exportability team about the judgment do not need to contact them again. Their original enquiries will be dealt with as quickly as possible.

1www.direct.gov.uk/takingbenefits

2www.direct.gov.uk/claimingbenefits