Social Security Benefits: British Nationals Abroad

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 11th June 2018.

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Photo of Daniel Kawczynski Daniel Kawczynski Conservative, Shrewsbury and Atcham

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people receive who live abroad receive monthly benefits from the public purse; and what steps are being taken to ensure that people who live abroad for more than nine months in each year receive only those benefits to which they are entitled.

Photo of Alok Sharma Alok Sharma The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Information on benefit caseload and expenditure for claimants living abroad by each DWP administered benefit can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/benefit-expenditure-and-caseload-tables-2018

The Department for Work and Pensions exchanges data with other countries to help ensure that payments made to people who live abroad are those to which they are entitled. DWP staff are trained to spot fraudulent documents and refer any suspicions to relevant parties.

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