The UK pays €1m a week to children abroad

by Letizia Orlandi - 2013.02.06

British taxpayers pay out more than €1.15 million per week in child benefits for children who do not live in the United Kingdom. The majority, about 30,000, of the 50,000 children who receive these benefits live in Poland. The think-tank Migration Watch UK said that Poles resident workers in the UK receive €94 a month for the first child and €62 for each subsequent child. This benefit is four times more than the equivalent benefit paid by the Polish government. The government has called for a harmonization of benefits throughout the EU. Currently only the UK, the Czech Republic, Germany, Latvia and the Netherlands allow this level of social support. The other 22 countries require the child to be resident on national territory in order to receive benefits from the state.

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