Frequently asked questions about the rights of EEA nationals to access benefits and the changes for A8 nationals from 1 May 2011

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Migrants' Rights Network (Charity); AIRE Centre
Migrants Rights Network
Date of publication
1 October 2008
Minority Groups, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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This briefing contains information regarding changes to the benefits rights of EEA and A8 nationals in the UK. As of May 1st 2011 the Worker Registration Scheme (WRS) will no longer exist. Any A8 national will be able to access income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit by signing on as a jobseeker at Jobcentre Plus and meeting the requirements imposed on British Citizen jobseekers. Any A8 worker in work will be able to access in-work benefits regardless of whether she has registered with the WRS. Many A8 workers who are out of work who could not access benefits in the past because they had not registered or had not completed enough time in registered work will be able to access benefits. In brief, the rights of A8 nationals will be brought in line with the rights of other EEA nationals.

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