By Euro Weekly News Media • 01 April 2011 • 16:25
WINTER fuel payments, access to healthcare and property problems were among the concerns raised by British residents who on Thursday March 24 enjoyed a lively Open Day at Mazarrón. British Consul, Paul Rodwell and the Pension, Benefit and Healthcare Team from Alicante were on hand to offer expert advice.
The feedback from the event was extremely positive with 96 per cent of attendees rating their overall impression of the event as excellent or good and 87 per cent of attendees saying that the event had met their expectations.
The event was fully booked and after the Consular presentation, Martyn Standing and Laura Leeman from the Pension, Benefit and Healthcare team were kept busy as people asked about specific problems and concerns around their benefit entitlements and how to get access to state healthcare in Spain.
The open day was held in a brand new social centre in Mazarrón, which the Consul inaugurated just before the event with the Mayor of Mazarrón, Francisco Blaya.
Paul Rodwell said: “It was great to see such a fantastic turnout and to inaugurate the brand new social centre, which should give the residents of Camposol a welcome place to meet.
“However, the one message I hope people took away from the event is that it is essential to get their information from official sources. We have a wealth of information available on our website www.ukinspain.fco.gov.uk. Our ‘Living in Spain’ section covers everything from residency requirements, pension and healthcare issues to who to contact regarding property issues.
“If anyone has any doubts about what they should do or what they are entitled to, we encourage them to check it out there!”
Mazarrón Town Hall councillor for Foreign Residents, Jacqueline Gálvez, was present along with local charities like Age Concern Costa Calida, a charity that supports people aged 50 or over, MABS Mar Menor, which supports people suffering from cancer, and Go Mad, a charity from Mazarrón that seeks to help people experiencing hardship.
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