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Child Benefit: EU Nationals

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many nationals of each A8 country were receiving child benefit for a child or children living in another EEA member state at the end of March; and at what average cost to the public purse in each month. (205878)

Around 7.5 million families are currently claiming child benefit for around 13 million children.

At the end of March 2008, there were 24,060 ongoing child benefit awards to A8 nationals recorded as receiving child benefit for 39,425 children living in another EEA member state. This equates to around a third of a percent of all child benefit awards.

The breakdown by nationality is as follows but these disaggregated numbers are only estimates and should be used with caution.

Country

Number of awards at 31 March 2008

Number of children included in awards

Czech Republic

130

217

Estonia

11

16

Hungary

48

81

Latvia

225

292

Lithuania

603

888

Poland

21,915

35,949

Slovakia

1,125

1,978

Slovenia

3

4

Total

24,060

39,425

The other information requested is not available in the format requested or is available only at a disproportionate cost.