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Benefits (EU Nationals)

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals who have arrived in the UK from the new European Union member states since 1 May 2004 are claiming welfare benefits. (95007)

I refer the hon. Member to the written answer I gave him on 8 March 2006, Official Report, column 1548W.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many arrivals from the new EU accession countries (a) have claimed and (b) are claiming means tested (i) housing benefit and (ii) council tax benefit at the latest available date; (91129)

(2) how many arrivals from the new EU accession countries (a) have claimed and (b) are claiming income related benefits at the latest available date.

The information is not available in the precise format requested. However, information on the number of applications for income support, income-based jobseeker's allowance and pension credit is available in the "Accession Monitoring Report; May 2004 - June 2006", a joint report by the Home Office, Department for Work and Pensions, HM Revenue and Customs and Department for Communities and Local Government; copies of which have been placed in the Library.

The report is available online at:

www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk/aboutus/reports/accession_monitoring_report

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many nationals from the EU accession states have applied for (a) income support, (b) income-based jobseeker’s allowance and (c) state pension credit since May 2004; and how many applications have (i) been disallowed and (ii) been allowed to proceed for further processing in each case. (82906)

The available information can be found in table 14 of the Accession Monitoring Report May 2004—June 2006, copies of which have been placed in the Library.