Welfare Tax Credits: EU Law

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 2nd July 2015.

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Photo of David Nuttall David Nuttall Conservative, Bury North

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department has made of whether the introduction of a mandatory four-year contributory period applied to both UK and EU nationals prior to eligibility for the tax credit element of universal credit would be permissible under EU law.

Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)

As the Government has made clear, it is important that we address the concerns of the British people about the EU. Part of that means reforming welfare to reduce the incentives that have encouraged migration from Europe.

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