Social Security Benefits: Children

Treasury written question – answered on 22nd July 2014.

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Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris Conservative, Daventry

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many adults claim child tax credit for children not residing in the UK; and for how many children such UK child benefit is claimed.

Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel The Exchequer Secretary

The main purpose of child benefit and the child tax credit is to support families in the UK. Consequently, the rules for these benefits generally do not provide for them to be paid in respect of children who live abroad.

Nevertheless, both child benefit and the child tax credit are family benefits under EC Regulation 883/2004. This regulation protects the social security rights of nationals of all member states of the European economic area, including the UK, and Switzerland when they exercise their rights of free movement under EU law.

I refer my hon. Friend to the reply given on 14 May 2014, Hansard, columns 676-77W, for details about the number of claims for family benefits paid under the EC Regulations for children resident in another member state and which member states such children reside.

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