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Benefits (Non-Reciprocity)

Volume 927: debated on Tuesday 1 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list for each EEC and other country any health or social security benefit not covered by reciprocal agreements with the United Kingdom.

The only British social security benefit not covered by the EEC Regulations on Social Security for migrant workers is invalid care allowance. Bilateral agreements with EEC countries provide cover for persons outside the scope of the Regulations for all British benefits except as shown in the following table.

Reciprocal agreements with countries outside the EEC cover all British social

Country

WB

GA

CSA

SB

IVB

UB

MB

DG

AustraliaXXX
AustriaX
BermudaXXXXXXX
CanadaXXXXXXX
CyprusX
FinlandXX
GuernseyX
Isle of Man
IsraelXXX
JamaicaXXXX
JerseyXX
MaltaXXX
New ZealandXXX
NorwayX
Spain
SwedenXX
SwitzerlandXXX
TurkeyXX
USAXXXXXXX
YugoslaviaXX

Country

IB

DIS B

IDB

FAM CHIB

AA

NCIP

MOB ALLCE

ICA

AustraliaXXXXXXX
AustriaXXXX
BermudaXXXXX
CanadaXXXXXXX
CyprusXXXXX
FinlandXXXX
GuernseyXXXX
Isle of ManXXX
IsraelXXXXX
JamaicaXXXXX
JerseyXXXX
MaltaXXXXX
New ZealandXXXXXXX
NorwayXXXX
SpainXXXX
SwedenXXXX
SwitzerlandXXXX
TurkeyXXXXX
USAXXXXXXXX
YugoslaviaXXXX
Social Security Benefits not covered by Bilateral Reciprocal Agreement are denoted by X.

(1) In the tables above the descriptions of benefits are abbreviated as follows:
WBWidow's benefit.
GAGuardian's allowance.
CSAChild's special allowance.
SBSickness benefit.
IVBInvalidity benefit.
UBUnemployment benefit.
MBMaternity benefit.
DGDeath grant.
IBInjury benefit.
DIS BDisablement benefit.
TDBIndustrial death benefit.
FAMFamily allowances.
CHIBChild interim benefit.
AAAttendance allowance.
NCIPNon-contributory invalidity pension.
MOD ALLCEMobility allowance.
ICAInvalid care allowance.
(2) The extent of coverage of benefits not listed varies from one agreement to another and may not include payment outside the home country.
It is not known which social security benefits of foreign countries are not covered by reciprocal agreements with the United Kingdom.

security benefits expect those shown in the following table:

As far as health benefits are concerned, workers covered by the EEC social security regulations may receive health care on the same terms as residents of the other country. The self-employed and non-employed are at present excluded from these arrangements but are covered by bilateral agreements in the case of Gibraltar, Denmark and the Federal Republic of Germany.

Reciprocal health care agreements have also been concluded with the following countries:

Austria.Norway.
Bulgaria.Poland.
CzechoslovakiaRomania.
Guernsey.Sweden.
Jersey.USSR.
Malta.Yugoslavia.
New Zealand.

These agreements entitle visitors to obtain emergency care in the other country. Save in exceptional cases under the USSR agreement, they do not enable citizens to travel specially to obtain treatment in the other country. In Austria only in-patient care in public hospitals is provided under the agreement.