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European Court of Justice rules on disability benefits 18 October

On 18 October, we received the judgment by the European Court of Justice on case C299/05 (European Commission v European Parliament and the Council).

The Court has decided that Disability Living Allowance (care component only), Attendance Allowance, and Carer’s Allowance are not ‘Special Non Contributory Benefits’. This may mean that, in certain circumstances, these benefits will be paid to customers who move from the UK to live in another country within the European Economic Area.

We will not know the precise implications until we have studied the terms of the judgment. This is likely to take several weeks.

If you think you may be affected by the decision you should contact the Disability and Carers Service:

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You may have heard of "THE FRIENDS OF SAX ASSOCIATION" that has been set up in the village of Sax, if not, then I can suggest to you to find out more about it. It is for all of the international community that has found their way to our little village of Sax.

Our aims are to integrate all communities be they English, Spanish, German, French, etc into one place where they can feel at home. We are offering different services that will benefit the members such as Spanish conversation class, information about tradesmen who offer real prices to the community and legal representation

You will be able to join "THE FRIENDS OF SAX ASSOCIATION" for a fee of 25 euros a year for Families and 15 euros for single people this will be of benefit to all the international community that live in Sax.

Below is a short extract of our aims to the community and Friends of Sax,

1.- Why this letter? Because when you decided to live amongst us and registered as resident in Sax you really became one of us. We must confess that we did not immediately realize the importance of this fact but, as British and Spanish people say “better late than never”. We also realized that, for many different reasons, there are unregistered people who cannot vote in Sax but we also consider them as members of our community. Sax is becoming more and more an international community. In conclusion, we consider you one of us.

2.- Introducing ourselves. The list of our members intends to represent the society of Sax and it includes persons ranging from university graduates to housewives. The ages of the candidates are different and some have experience in public affairs whereas others do not. In politics, we declare ourselves “independent” because in our group not everybody thinks exactly in the same way. However, we all share a main feature: We do not depend on politics to make a living. If you share this characteristic with us, you are one of us.

3.- About problems. As you know, there are always too many problems in a community to be deeply discussed in a few lines; thus, we will concentrate on just a few. We will distinguish the general problems that affect all of us as inhabitants of Sax from the specific problems that affect you as a person living in a foreign country.
We presume that you chose Sax as a small, secluded attractive village away from the bustle of the coast and we have thought about your problems but as we are for the moment mainly Spaniards we are not sure if we were able to identify them correctly. In brief:
1.- Language problems because most Spanish people do not speak your language and you have to make a considerable effort to speak Spanish fluently
2.- The real prices of goods and services because as a foreigner you can easily get ripped off.
3.- Help in your relation with the Spanish Administration, because laws and rights are not yet the same in all countries of the European Union.

4.- Communication with your country because if you live in the countryside around Sax the mail services are poor if any, and probably you do not have a telephone and it is impossible to have an effective connection to Internet.

5.- Problems with your health because many foreign people living in Sax are already retired.

6.- Total absence of activities for bringing together British and Spanish people, including ways of participating in political life and the taking of decisions in our community for those British people who want to do so.

4.- About solutions and proposals.
We want to be very realistic and specific on these aspects rather than offer you impossible proposals.

1.- Activities about the Spanish language, food, wines, history and traditions etc.

2.- A local office/service that you can contact to help you and advise you about prices, laws and regulations, etc. and also facilities for Internet and telephone available most of the day.

3.- An Association has legal standing and protection and therefore has greater legal force than an individual when it comes to obtaining information or demanding action from the Town Hall/local authorities/ police etc. when representing its members.

4.- To contact us: You can write in English to us at
Calle Regino Soler, nº 2. 03630. Sax (Alicante)

THE FRIENDS OF SAX ASSOCIATION is Based opposite the "ChapiSax" Garage in Sax, all are welcome.

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