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Social Security Benefits: Foreign Nationals

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

(1) how many non-UK citizens were in receipt of each type of welfare benefit in each of the last five years;

(2) how many non-UK citizens were registered with Jobcentre Plus in each of the last five years.

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

The UK's benefit payment systems do not record the nationality of claimants as nationality itself is not a condition of entitlement. Therefore, it is not possible to determine the number of non-UK nationals claiming benefit or registered with Jobcentre Plus from administrative data.

I have commissioned work to release information regarding the nationality of benefits claimants at the point of registration for a national insurance number. I hope to make these preliminary statistics available shortly. In addition, I have asked my officials to look in to ways of capturing nationality information at source.

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