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Jan 2002 Journal

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Central Office for Holocaust Claims

German pension increase

All those recognised as victims of Nazi persecution under the provisions of the German compensation law – known as BEG – may now be entitled to an increase in their German retirement pension (Altersrente). This follows a change in the way social security laws are interpreted in Germany as a result of growing pressures in recent years. The new ruling has resulted in most cases in considerable increases to existing pensions.

Qualification is subject to the decision of the relevant pension authority. Those interested should forward copies of the original pension notice (Rentenbescheid) and we will examine whether your particular case meets the new criteria.

DSS benefits

Compensation payments to Holocaust survivors will be disregarded as capital when calculating housing and income-related benefits following an extension to Social Security regulations.

The changes have been introduced to coincide with the recent and the imminent dispersal of payments from a number of Holocaust-era compensation programmes including the Austrian National Fund and the Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility and the Future (Slave Labour Fund). The new legislation will come into effect on 19 November.

Holocaust survivors in receipt of, or in the process of claiming, Income Support including Minimum Income Guarantee, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit and Jobseeker’s Allowance should inform the local authority office dealing with their claim when a compensation payment has been received.

Advice meetings

Two sessions in Newcastle and Gateshead concluded the nationwide tour of groups addressed on Holocaust-era claims. Seven meetings were convened in northern England and Scotland over a four-month period with more than 200 people benefiting from advice and assistance.

Further help

Written enquiries should be sent to Central Office for Holocaust Claims (UK), 1 Hampstead Gate, 1a Frognal, London NW3 6AL. For assistance with the completion of application forms please telephone 020 7431 6161 for an appointment.
Michael Newman

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