Child Benefit: EU Nationals

Treasury written question – answered on 16th July 2008.

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Photo of Philip Hammond Philip Hammond Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many nationals of each A8 country were receiving child benefit for a child or children living in another EEA member state at the end of June 2008; and in respect of how many such children child benefit was being paid on that date.

Photo of Jane Kennedy Jane Kennedy Financial Secretary, HM Treasury

Around 7.5 million families are currently claiming child benefit for around 13 million children. Out of that total, at the end of June 2008, around 0.3 per cent. (26,703) were ongoing child benefit awards to A8 nationals recorded as receiving child benefit for 44,008 children living in another EEA member state. These awards are made by virtue of EC social security co-ordinating regulations which the UK has administered since it joined the European Economic Community in 1973.

The estimated breakdown by nationality is as follows.

Country Number of children included in awards Number of awards at 30 June 2008
Czech Republic 266 160
Estonia 26 15
Hungary 90 54
Latvia 334 259
Lithuania 1,040 709
Poland 39,867 24,135
Slovakia 2,382 1,369
Slovenia 3 2
Total 44,008 26,703

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