Pensions, health and benefits in Spain

The event was attended by
nearly 100 people, and proved very informative.

CE Has been around for
over 15 years and it’s aim is to help people integrate into Canarian LIFE. If
you become a member it entitles you and your family access to a wide range of
services and a regular newsletter.

The next meeting of the CE
is the last Wednesday in January.

Age Concern España

Their objective is to help
older British Nationals living in Spain, including he Canaries to
overcome poverty, combat isolation and assist with integration into Spanish

They also help those from
a military background of any age. As well as outlining their background Sarah
Rogers asked for volunteer caseworkers those in the community who would be
willing to be trained to go into the community and complete a detailed
assessment of the client’s needs. If this is something that would interest you
they can be connected on 902 00 38 38 or from the UK + 34 917 718 794, www.acespañ

Pensions, healthcare and benefits

The second half of the
session was all about pensions, healthcare and benefits.


  • Your UK state pension can be paid
    to you anywhere in the world – including a Spanish bank account.
  • As long as you have worked for at least a
    total minimum of 15 years in the EEA and providing you have worked for at
    least one year in Spain you may be entitled to a pension.
  • The benefit of winter fuel allowance is a bone
    of contention and it is only payable to you in Spain
    if you have been eligible for it at least once whilst living in the UK. Winter
    fuel allowance is not linked to your pension.
  • If you are in receipt of a pension you may
    receive a document called a ‘life certificate’ you should complete this
    and return it as soon as possible – basically they are just checking that
    you are alive and living at the same address to receive your pension. If
    you do not complete it and post it back your pension payments may cease.
  • In May 2010 the UK became responsible for
    issuing E121 holders and their dependants with the EHIC. UK state pensioners and their dependents
    can access free state healthcare in Spain.
  • There is a wealth of information about
    pensions, benefits and healthcare entitlements whilst living in Spain from

If you’re below retirement
age there is still an enormous amount of information available on the website.

You can get certain UK benefits such as Disability Living Allowance
DLA, and bereavement benefit in Spain.

Means tested benefits can
not be exported.

Further information is
available from the Department of Work and Pensions


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