EU Citizens (Benefits)

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 12th February 2004.

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Photo of Philip Hammond Philip Hammond Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the total additional cost of all benefits payable in (a) 2004–05 and (b) 2005–06 financial years to citizens of EU accession states residing in the UK.

Photo of Ann Winterton Ann Winterton Conservative, Congleton

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost to the United Kingdom public funds of those people from Poland who elect to travel to the UK from 1 May who will be eligible for social security benefits and state pensions.

Photo of David Heathcoat-Amory David Heathcoat-Amory Conservative, Wells

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the additional cost of pension and social security payments to citizens of the 10 EU applicant states after they join in May.

Photo of Mr Chris Pond Mr Chris Pond Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions

We are considering what measures we should take to prevent people from the acceding states from coming to the UK to take advantage of our benefit system.

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