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  1. #21
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    hi all i wonder if someone could help me??i have been living in spain for 6 years now and just had a baby!! the spanish social are refusing to pay me out any money at all they say i am not entitled to anything

    is it possible anyway that i can recieve money from the british government seens as both parents are british??

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    I am not 100% sure but as far as I am aware unless you have been paying into the Spanish Social Security system then no, they are not going to pay you anything for any claim you may make.

    As for the U.K. (again not 100%) if you are living there at the time of the babies birth you can claim child benefit but not if you are living abroad even if that is an European country such as Spain.

    It may be an idea to check on the u.k. benefit websited (does anyone on here know the address please) and get the phone number so you can get the correct information.

    Congratulations on the birth of your baby by the way.

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    i paid into the system around 2 years ago in an old job but for the past 1 year i worked not on a contract
    i have a social security number and proof of what i paid in ?? dont no if this will make a difference

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    it makes me sick when im a british citizen and not entitled to a penny
    illegal immigrants get all sorts of pay outs!!!! not very fair

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    Lauren go to the SS office and ask I know you have to pay in 15 years to get a pension

    As for the UK try the DWP website

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    As with age related benefits, if you don't get it before you left the UK, you won't get it after. Even if you were getting benefits when you left, the exportability unit at the DWP will take months to reinstate any payments once you have left. All the joys of being an expat.

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    its not a pension im after its child benifits which my child should be entitled too seens as she is british surely either the spanish government or the british government has to pay out ????

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    Hi Lauren

    Looking at the English site for works and pensions (this covers child and other benefits) it would appear that if the child is not born in the U.K. (unless it is to parents living in the U.K but on a short holiday of course) then they are not entitled to child benefit. This I realise is wrong when other´s not born in the Country or making any financial contribution can claim but it does seem to be the case. There may be others on this site who can hopefully state differently.

    As far as getting anything from the Spanish Social System goes I have a little more knowledge as I have been paying in for a number of years. You need to be up to date, as in paying in when you make a claim otherwise the answer will be no. I have never claimed anything but have been told that you need to have been paying for a minumum two years without a break and yes twelve years for a pension.

    I suggest that you look at the website for further information to see if that is any help

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    Quote Originally Posted by lauren freeman View Post
    its not a pension im after its child benifits which my child should be entitled too seens as she is british surely either the spanish government or the british government has to pay out ????
    The government invests in a childs future hoping that it will become a productive member of society and therefore repay that investment, why therefore should a government invest in a child that won't repay to the society that invests in it. So you cannot expect the British Government to invest in children who live overseas.

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    As I have said before I left Uk 7 years ago with an 11 year old, being honest I let them know that I was leaving the UK for Spain, my Family Allowance was stopped. So therefore I presume it is not legal to claim from here.
    Last edited by jacksan; 12-16-2008 at 03:20 PM.

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