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Social Security Benefits: Migrants

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 9020, tabled on 4 September 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure that migrants entering the UK do not receive instant access to welfare benefits.

Answered on

9 September 2015

We have strict measures in place to ensure benefits are only paid to those people who have a legal right to live and work in the UK.

Additionally, people coming to the UK, or returning here, must demonstrate that they are habitually resident to be eligible for income-related benefits. Since 1 January 2014, most migrant jobseekers must also have been living in the UK for three months before any consideration can be given to whether they are habitually resident to be eligible to receive income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance.