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We have strict rules in place to prevent abuse of the benefit system and to prevent benefit tourism. One of the principal measures is the habitual residence test. The test ensures that people coming from abroad can only access income-related benefits if they have a right to reside and are habitually resident in the Common Travel Area(1). The Department for Work and Pensions is considering all the details of the European Commission's Reasoned Opinion against the right to reside element of the habitual residence test and is committed to taking the necessary steps to ensure the UK retains control of its welfare policies.