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Child Benefit: Migrant Workers

Treasury written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson Conservative, North Swindon

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to end child benefit payments to non-resident children of migrant workers; and if he intends to copy other European Economic Area countries and impose a residency condition on such payments.

Photo of Sajid Javid Sajid Javid The Economic Secretary to the Treasury

The UK and other EEA member states do operate a residence requirement for the award of child benefit under domestic legislation. However, as things stand, the EU Regulation 883/2004 places an additional requirement on EEA Member Governments to pay family benefits to nationals of EEA countries who are working and paying compulsory National Insurance contributions in their country in respect of members of the family who are residing in another EEA member state.

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