Over the course of 2008, the Government are reintroducing procedures to count foreign nationals in and out of the UK. We are introducing ID cards for foreign nationals, on a compulsory basis, to guard against fraudulent access to jobs and benefits. As part of our cross-governmental enforcement strategy, the DWP will further tighten the criteria for national insurance number (NINO) allocation to ensure that, where the partner of a legitimate benefit claimant has no right to be in the UK, DWP will no longer issue the partner with a NINO. This follows the successful introduction of right-to-work interviews for those applying for national insurance numbers in 2006.
This change will be made using the regulation-making powers under Section 1 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992. The intention is that regulation changes will be introduced at the earliest opportunity.