Benefit Entitlement (Restriction) Bill (HC Bill 62)

A

BILL

TO

Make provision to restrict the entitlement of non-UK Citizens from the
European Union and the European Economic Area to taxpayer-funded
benefits.

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present
Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Declaration of nationality

(1) From the date of the coming into force of this Act no national insurance
number shall be issued unless the applicant provides a declaration of
nationality.

(2) 5From the date of the coming into force of this Act no application shall be made
for a taxpayer-funded benefit unless the applicant provides a declaration of
nationality.

2 Dependants

Notwithstanding the provisions of the European Communities Act 1972, no
10non-UK citizen who is a national of a member country of the European Union
or the European Economic Area shall be eligible for housing benefit or council
tax benefit in England and Wales unless the benefit entitlement arises by
reason of having the status of a spouse or dependant of a UK citizen.

3 Amount of benefit

15Notwithstanding the provisions of the European Communities Act 1972, no
UK taxpayer-funded benefit shall be paid to a citizen of another country in
membership of the European Union or the European Economic Area at a rate
which exceeds in cash terms the equivalent benefit which would be payable to
such a person if that person were resident in the country of his nationality.

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4 Claimant’s contribution

Notwithstanding the provisions of the European Communities Act 1972, no
UK taxpayer-funded benefit shall be paid to a citizen of another country in
membership of the European Union or the European Economic Area unless the
5entitlement to that benefit arises from an insurance-based contribution which
the claimant has made.

5 Short title, commencement and extent

(1) This Act may be cited as the Benefit Entitlement (Restriction) Act 2014.

(2) The provisions of this Act shall come into force at the end of the period of two
10months beginning with the day on which this Act is passed.

(3) This Act extends to the whole of the United Kingdom.