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Emergency brake on benefits payments correspondence

29 February 2016

Rt. Hon Andrew Tyrie MP, Chairman of the Treasury Committee, writes to Lin Homer, Chief Executive of HMRC, to ask her to deliver the full set of information he requested on new EEA migrants to the UK.

Chair's comments

Commenting on the correspondence, Mr Tyrie said:

"It remains unclear how many recent EU migrants could be hit by the Prime Minister's emergency brake on benefits payments.

The Prime Minister has suggested that 40 per cent of EU migrants who have arrived in the last four years are supported by the benefits system. This conclusion is derived from two, not strictly comparable, sources. It is likely to be less reliable than a conclusion drawn from solely administrative data.

In December 2015, on behalf of the Treasury Committee, I asked that HMRC provide this data. They do seem to be making a meal of providing it."

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