taxpayer is forking out over £1 million per week in child benefit to the
parents whose children who do not even live in the UK, the think tank Migration
Watch UK reveals today in a new Briefing Paper.
revelation comes following the disclosure that child benefit and tax credits
are paid in respect of almost 50,000 children who live across the EU.
majority, almost 30,000, of the 50,000 children who receive child benefit and
child tax credits at UK rates live in Poland.
Child benefit in the UK is worth £81.20 per month for the first
child and £53.60 for the second and subsequent children. This is
roughly four times higher than Polish rates.
in the UK, Czech Republic, Germany, Latvia and the Netherlands do the rules
allow child benefit to be paid for children who live elsewhere in the EU. The
remaining 22 countries require that the child be resident in the territory in
order to qualify.
Sir Andrew Green, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said, ‘It is absurd that
child benefit is paid to children who do not even live in the UK. At a time
that UK taxpayers are being asked to tighten their belts, the government is
paying out over £1 million per week to support children in other countries
where costs are, in any case, often much lower. The majority of EU countries
have the good sense to ensure that the child in question must be resident in
that country in order to qualify and it is about time the UK did the same.’
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