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Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 13th September 2011.

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Photo of Nicholas Soames Nicholas Soames Conservative, Mid Sussex

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of benefits paid to non-EU immigrants was in each of the last eight years.

Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The information requested is not available.

The UK's benefit payment systems do not record the nationality of people receiving benefits and therefore it is not possible to determine the cost of benefits paid to non-EU nationals. I have, however, commissioned work to make information available on the nationality of benefit claimants.

Access to income-related benefits(1) by non-European economic area nationals is strictly limited. They are excluded from such benefits because they are subject to immigration control, which prevents them from receiving public funds. Access to these benefits is therefore dependent on the type of leave the Home Office grants the individual.

Those who have worked in the UK and paid national insurance contributions may claim contributory benefits such as contribution-based jobseeker's allowance if they satisfy the contributions and other conditions for the benefit.

(1) Income support, income-based jobseeker's allowance, income-related employment and support allowance; pension credit, housing benefit and council tax benefit.

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