Benefits: Polish Nationals

House of Lords written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Polish nationals are claiming social security benefits; and how many National Insurance numbers have been issued to Polish nationals since Poland's accession to the European Union.

Photo of Lord McKenzie of Luton Lord McKenzie of Luton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (also in the Department for Communities and Local Government), Department for Communities and Local Government, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (also in the Department for Communities and Local Government), Department for Work and Pensions, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government) (also in Department for Work and Pensions), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions) (also in the Department for Communities and Local Government)

Information on nationality of benefit recipients is not available for benefit scans. Information is available on the number of national insurance registrations to adult overseas nationals who go on to claim an out of work benefit within six months of national insurance number registration, but this is not available by nationality.

The available information for the number of national insurance numbers issued to Polish nationals since Poland's accession to the European Union is in the table. This information is also available on the Department for Work and Pensions website at http://research.dwp .gov.uk/asd/.

National insurance numbers issued to Polish nationals since Poland's accession to the European Union in May 2004
Apr 04 to Jun 04 4,970
Jul 04 to Sep 04 11,960
Oct 04 to Dec 04 17,510
Jan 05 to Mar 05 26,680
Apr 05 to Jun 05 32,210
Jul 05 to Sep 05 44,190
Oct 05 to Dec 05 41,660
Jan 06 to Mar 06 53,020
Apr 06 to Jun 06 38,190
Jul 06 to Sep 06 49,700
Oct 06 to Dec 06 51,300
Jan 07 to Mar 07 81,240
Apr 07 to Jun 07 48,050
Jul 07 to Sep 07 63,370
Oct 07 to Dec 07 49,880
Jan 08 to Mar 08 49,370
Apr 08 to Jun 08 40,750
Jul 08 to Sep 08 40,530
Oct 08 to Dec 08 21,670
Jan 09 to Mar 09 31,400
Apr 09 to Jun 09 16,590
Notes:1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.2. Totals may not sum due to rounding.3. Some additional disclosure control has been applied.4. Registration date is derived from the date at which a national insurance number is maintained on the national insurance recording system. 5. Poland joined the European Union in May 2004.Source: 100% extract from national insurance recording system.

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