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Housing Benefit: Foreigners

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of expenditure on (a) housing benefit and (b) council tax benefit for non-UK nationals in (i) 1997 and (ii) the most recent year for which figures are available; (208649)

(2) how many non-UK citizens received (a) housing benefit and (b) council tax benefit in each year since 1997, broken down by (i) EU nationals and (ii) non-EU nationals receiving such benefits; and what the 10 nationalities with the greatest number of claims were in the most recent year for which figures are available.