EU ruling implies migrants from member states can still claim benefits 12th October 2010: As many as 28,760 children residing in Poland will still continue to receive child-benefit payments from the British government
Even as the Coalition government is working out modalities to take child benefit away from higher-rate taxpayers, it is now clear that the children of Polish migrant workers will continue to get the benefit even if they live in Poland.
The figures presented to the UK’s Parliament the previous month suggest as of now 28,760 children in Poland receive child-benefit payments from the British government at an estimated cost of £28.3 million.
A substantial number of these children will still remain eligible for benefits, even after the austerity measures come in to force. This is largely because Poles in Britain are often categorized as low-paid.
An EU ruling implies migrants from member states can still claim the benefits.
As of now, Chancellor George Osborne has come under criticism for abolishing payments from 2013 to over a million higher tax rate earners.
The move is being seen as the boldest so far and is apprehended to prove the most reckless.