Social Security Benefits
Work and Pensions
Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex, Conservative)
Chris Grayling (The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions; Epsom and Ewell, Conservative)
EU rules require us to pay the non-contributory winter fuel payment, carer's allowance, attendance allowance and the care component of disability living allowance to people who are resident in the EEA or Switzerland.
In the 2010-11 financial year, the latest year for which outturn data are available, total spending by this Department on non-contributory benefits to those not resident in the UK was around £32 million. This expenditure is broken down by benefit in the following table:
|Non-contributory benefit expenditure for people domiciled outside the UK, £ million, nominal, figures rounded to the nearest £ million|
|Winter fuel payments||16|
|Disability living allowance||11|
|Severe disablement allowance||2|
|Sources: 1. DWP benefit expenditure tables, available at http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd4/index.php?page=expenditure 2. Winter fuel payments information taken from DWP Statistical and Accounting Data. 3. Figures may include a very small amount of expenditure where the claimant's residence is not known.|
However, as future migration patterns and benefit take-up rates are uncertain, we cannot be sure that future expenditure will be similar to past expenditure.