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Hello everyone - my first big question :-)
I'm British (as are our daughters), my Latvian wife had a UK disability living allowance benefit running for a few years from 2010 until we left for Latvia in 2012 and were advised by their website to cancel it (about five years ago) and claim in Latvia. We did cancel and claim in Latvia but the benefits were much lower and just today we have found that they have now been canceled too, probably because we moved to Bulgaria. The benefits in Bulgaria are even lower, however we think the UK is fully responsible for our predicament and should pay us what they owe, but fundamentally we need the money more than ever.
Anyway, I was thinking that we should never have canceled the original disability benefits (and should have been advised by the benefits people not to - no duty of care?) and could have simply continued to claim as normal from the UK in both Latvia and Bulgaria using portable benefits? Will we need to take legal action on this?
Is it possible to restart this claim ASAP and maybe get the money lost back and get full disability and mobility benefits now from the UK, to my wife or myself? Can this all be recovered in court if necessary? We now have no benefit income at all for disability or mobility and have had to fund our own car to transport our daughter for years now (so far about 3,000 in repairs). We have also incurred thousands in therapy costs and were thankfully gifted money for a new over-size pushchair, but usually have had to fund from our own money, relatives and the occasional crowd funding recently for certain medicines that didn't work :-(. Belle's lovely pushchair by the way (a Special Tomato) is a real Godsend and thanks to that person who gave so much for it. We really now need an adjustable standing/sitting chair, at I think almost 2K ouch, to help straighten Belle's spine and strengthen her legs! This is not a begging post btw, just for advice on benefits and the legal side perhaps.
Can anyone advise or provide contact details for someone who can help us - for benefits advice and the legal side perhaps? I will give those advisors complete details of the previous claim and our circumstances as required, with proofs. We are in a desperate financial situation and need to sort these financial issues out as soon as possible, Belle is fine and getting all she needs right now by the way, but we are now seeing our income drop by about 350 GBP a month. We recently saved and spent 800 BGN (about 400 GBP) on a brain and spine MRI, and will need money for genetic tests soon, as we are now seeking possible gene therapy in Bulgaria. We also have to pay for a nanny daily (only 20 GBP) to help out here and an acupuncturist (who is really helping Belle I might add) and about 15 GBP twice weekly.
Sorry for the details and too much info.
Very kind regards,