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Child Benefit: Foreigners

Volume 506: debated on Thursday 4 March 2010

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) 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 December 2009; and in respect of how many such children child benefit was being paid on that date; (320265)

(2) 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 the most recent month for which figures are available; and in respect of how many such children child benefit was being paid on that date.

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

The information requested is provided in the table. These child benefit awards are made by virtue of EC social security co-ordinating regulations which the UK has administered since it joined the European Economic Community in 1973.

As of 31 December 2009As of 28 February 2010

Country

Number of awards

Number of children

Number of awards

Number of children

Czech Republic

174

289

180

299

Estonia

16

28

19

31

Hungary

76

119

78

124

Latvia

281

373

302

405

Lithuania

797

1,133

827

1,196

Poland

23,214

37,633

23,324

38,677

Slovakia

1,506

2,554

1,523

2,639

Slovenia

5

6

4

6

Total

26,069

42,135

26,257

43,377