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Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer to the right hon. Member for Birkenhead of 17 November 2008, Official Report, column 483W, on welfare state: EU enlargement, when she expects the report on the review of EEA nationals’ access to benefits to be published. (278332)

The main findings of the review were that there were robust rules already in place on EEA nationals’ access to the benefit system but that a stronger test of employment prospects should be applied to EEA nationals claiming income based jobseeker’s allowance, and that the Department’s ability to monitor claims to benefit from EEA nationals should be improved. There are complex issues related to EU law to be considered before decisions can be reached on the way forward.