Social Security Benefits: Plymouth

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 7th February 2012.

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Photo of Oliver Colvile Oliver Colvile Conservative, Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of registered benefit claimants from outside the EU, who originally came to the UK to work, study or visit, who are registered as living in Plymouth.

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

DWP has recently published statistics on the nationality of benefit claimants at the point of their registration for a national insurance number. These indicate that, at February 2011, 371,000 (6.4%) of DWP working age benefits claimants were non-UK nationals when they registered for their national insurance number. Of these, 25% were EU nationals and 75% were non-EU nationals.

Further information can be found in the full statistics release ‘Nationality at point of National Insurance number registration of DWP benefit claimants’ at:

The estimated numbers of working age benefit claimants in Plymouth who were non-UK nationals when they registered for a national insurance number are given in the following table, broken down in to EU and non-EU nationals:

Non-UK nationals at NINo registration: DWP working age benefit claimants by world area in Plymouth unitary authority, February 2011
European Union 250
Non-European Union 410
Notes: 1. These statistics do not provide a measure of non-UK nationals currently claiming benefits based on their current nationality. The statistics do provide an estimate of the number of people currently claiming benefit who, when they first registered for a NINo (that is, first entered the labour market), were non-UK nationals. 2. The above totals exclude a small number of claimants where the nationality is unknown (Non-UK). 3. Geography represents the information taken from the benefit claim as at February 2011—this is not necessarily the location at NINo registration. 4. World area of origin is based on a claimant's nationality. The mapping for ‘world areas’ is based on the present day. Bulgaria and Romania are classed as EU accession states. 5. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10. Source: DWP: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study and HMRC National Insurance and Pay as you Earn System (NPS)

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