Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill

Explanatory Notes

Financial implications of the Bill

80 The Bill has financial implications in relation to both the ending of the free movement of persons (Part 1 of the Bill) and social security co-ordination (Part 2 of the Bill). Most of the cost to the public sector of ending free movement will relate to the administration of the system of immigration control that replaces free movement in relation to those who previously benefited from free movement. The new system is not set out in this Bill. It is therefore not possible to quantify precisely the costs that will result directly from the provisions in Part 1 of the Bill. The costs of moving to the new system are, however, expected to be more than merely notional.

81 It is possible regulations made under clause 4 of the Bill could alter the scope of existing provisions about charges or fees relating to immigration as a consequence of ending free movement.

82 The power to make regulations under Part 2 of the Bill has the potential to be used in a way that could change the cost to the public sector in terms of social security co-ordination. It is not possible to quantify precisely what those costs may be at this stage, but there is the potential for costs that are more than merely notional.


Prepared 4th March 2020