Jan 2009 Journal

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AJR Report

Kinder pensions
The bill proposing an amendment to British pension law has now been accepted by Parliament and received Royal Assent following the Queen’s Speech at the beginning of December. The bill, tabled by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), will enable Kinder who wish to apply to have their UK pre-1948 credits removed from National Insurance records. In most cases, this in turn is likely to boost the value of their German pensions. The change could affect Kinder who entered employment between 1939 and 1948 in Britain.

Kinder who made contact with the DWP following the announcement of the proposed law change will now receive a further letter from the DWP. This latest letter requests information about employment records as well as confirmation that the applicant was on a Kindertransport and his/her parents were of German nationality.

Claims Conference
The Claims Conference is making an additional $23 million (approx. £18m) available to Holocaust survivors and refugees worldwide in 2009 following negotiations with the German government. The increased allocation will help support Nazi victims with the greatest needs.

Ghetto Fund
To the end of November, 9,000 out of 38,000 applicants to the newly created Ghetto Fund have received their individual one-time payments of 2,000 euros (approx. £1,500).

The Fund was introduced following criticism of the Ghetto pension scheme, which, in addition to having very strict eligibility criteria, had resulted in pensions being granted to only 9,000 out of more than 70,000 applications.

Written enquiries should be sent to Central Office for Holocaust Claims (UK), Jubilee House, Merrion Avenue, Stanmore, Middx HA7 4RL, by fax to 020 8385 3075, or by email to mnewman@ajr.org.uk
 

Michael Newman

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