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Personal independence payment

Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:35pm
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Halesmoran1

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Hi can anyone who has recently moved to or moving to the Alicante province, that is claiming personal independence payment from the uk, please tell me if it was allowed to be claimed in Spain? I have spoken with Dwp today who have said they will look into whether it is still payable if we move abroad but it means that my husband who is the disabled one anyway, so can’t work as been told by his consultant, and that I won’t be able to work if he continues to claim it if it gets approved to be exportable. I just wondered if anyone in the same situation may be able to help clarify if they continued to get it once moving to Spain. I’m confused and worries about moving if my husband can’t continue to claim his disability income and I am not allowed to work. Surely I should be allowed to work unless o got carers benefit which I know your not entitled to if you work. 

Can anyone please help! 

Kimmy11

Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:06pm

Kimmy11

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Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:06pm

Hi Halesmoran1,

Looking at the www.gov.uk website, it appears that the Daily Living component may be paid abroad, but not the Mobility component.  At the foot of the "Going Abroad Permanently......." section, it says, "You cannot claim Disability Living Allowance mobility component and Personal Independence Payment mobility component abroad."  Here's the link:

https://www.gov.uk/claim-benefits-abroad/disability-benefits

But I think you're wise to have already contacted the DWP about this, in case Brexit is likely to change the rules.  I hope you're able to get a definitive answer from them quickly.

Kind regards,

Kim

Halesmoran1

Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:13pm

Halesmoran1

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Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:13pm

Kimmy11 wrote on Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:06pm:

Hi Halesmoran1,

Looking at the www.gov.uk website, it appears that the Daily Living component may be paid abroad, but not the Mobility component.  At the foot of the "Going Abroad Permanently......." section, it says, "You cannot claim Disabilit...

...y Living Allowance mobility component and Personal Independence Payment mobility component abroad."  Here's the link:

https://www.gov.uk/claim-benefits-abroad/disability-benefits

But I think you're wise to have already contacted the DWP about this, in case Brexit is likely to change the rules.  I hope you're able to get a definitive answer from them quickly.

Kind regards,

Kim

Thank you Kim for your helpful info and links. My husband is going to call them tomorrow to say we are moving so they can give a decision or not then we can decide based on that whether we can feasibly afford to move there. I already have the offer of employment but it wouldn’t be enough to cover the amount you need for residencia, however with his entitlement as he can’t work, not through choice of his own, we would be in a better position. 

Many thanks 


Hayley 

Kimmy11

Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:40pm

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Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:40pm

Hi Hayley,

Just thought it worth checking whether you're aware that the financial requirements for first-time TIE applicants were reduced a couple of weeks ago?  They're now either a lump sum of Eu 5,540 or monthly income of Eu 462, per person, to be deposited in a Spanish bank account for a minimum of 3 months prior to TIE application.  If 2 people are applying as a family unit, the total lump sum required is Eu 9,420 or monthly income of Eu 785.

Kind regards,

Kim

Halesmoran1

Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:01pm

Halesmoran1

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Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:01pm

Kimmy11 wrote on Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:40pm:

Hi Hayley,

Just thought it worth checking whether you're aware that the financial requirements for first-time TIE applicants were reduced a couple of weeks ago?  They're now either a lump sum of Eu 5,540 or monthly income of Eu 462, per person, to be deposited in a Spanish bank account for a minimum of...

... 3 months prior to TIE application.  If 2 people are applying as a family unit, the total lump sum required is Eu 9,420 or monthly income of Eu 785.

Kind regards,

Kim

Thanks again Kim. Do you know if that payment has to come directly from the dwp for instance into the Spanish account or if it can be transferred and shown in English account statements? Either way it’s going on there and can be proven where it has come from. That’s a great help though so thank you. We’ve been given so much information from people who want to help arrange it for a fee obviously, but given different figures and told it’s gone up! 

Kindest regards 


Hayley 

Kimmy11

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:19am

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Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:19am

Hi Hayley,

It would be more convenient for you if the DWP paid it direct to your Spanish bank account, but it's not essential.  You just need to show the minimum requirement coming into your Spanish bank account each month and from where the income has come.

I've seen some lawyers charging high fees for assisting first-time TIE applicants and if you don't speak Spanish, it would definitely be worth getting help, but you could go to one of the many gestors recommended on this forum and TalkQuesada, for example, Uma at www.getlegalinspain.com, who charges Eu 90 per person.

The biggest problem at the moment seems to be that there are no appointments available at Alicante.

Kind regards,

Kim

Halesmoran1

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:46am

Halesmoran1

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Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:46am

Kimmy11 wrote on Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:19am:

Hi Hayley,

It would be more convenient for you if the DWP paid it direct to your Spanish bank account, but it's not essential.  You just need to show the minimum requirement coming into your Spanish bank account each month and from where the income has come.

I've seen some lawyers charging high fees for assisting first-time TIE applicants and if you don't speak Spanish, it would definitely be worth getting help, but you could go to one of the many gestors recommended on this forum and TalkQuesada, for example, Uma at www.getlegalinspain.com, who charges Eu 90 per person.

The biggest problem at the moment seems to be that there are no appointments available at Alicante.

Kind regards,

Kim

Good morning Kim. 

Thanks for the great feedback. I am going to make some calls and enquiries today and see how we get on. I will post with an update if I have anything relevant I can add to this group, as I’m sure I’m not the only person experiencing the same thing. 

Take care 


Hayley 

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