From 31 January 2014 all payments made by the Department of Work and Pensions to accounts in a Eurozone country such as Spain will need an International Bank Account Number (IBAN) and a Bank Identification Code (BIC).After that date banks in the Eurozone will not accept any DWP payments without these details.
If the DWP does not hold these details for your account then you will receive a letter asking for them. All you have to do is complete the form they enclose and return it to them as soon as possible – failure to do so may mean that your payments are stopped. IBAN and BIC can be obtained directly from your bank or from a bank statement. Payments into a UK bank account are not affected.
For more information about the change to European bank ac-count numbers visit The European Commission website.