March 2014 EEA Migrants: The Government Battles On

The DWP has issued guidance to local authority housing benefit departments on the minimum earnings threshold for EEA migrant benefit claimants.
The threshold will be introduced from 1 March 2014 to help to determine whether an EEA national’s previous or current work can be treated as genuine and effective for the purposes of deciding whether they have a right to reside in the UK as a 'worker' or 'self employed person'.

The threshold has been set at the level at which workers start to pay national insurance contributions, currently £149 a week (or £153 a week in the 2014/15 tax year)
'If an EEA national can prove that they have been earning at least this amount for a period of three months immediately before they claim housing benefit their work can be treated as genuine and effective and they will have a right to reside as a worker or self employed person. 
If they do not satisfy the Minimum Earnings Threshold criteria, a further assessment will be undertaken against a broader range of criteria (such as hours worked, pattern of work, nature of employment contract etc) to determine whether their employment is genuine and effective.'

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