September 2017 Number of EEA Nationals Claiming Benefit Drops


There has been a 76 per cent fall in the caseload of European Economic Area (EEA) nationals claiming jobseekers allowance (JSA), according to the DWP.

Between December 2013 and April 2014 the government introduced a series of measures to restrict access to benefits for migrants from the EEA, including the introduction of a tougher habitual residence test; no immediate access to JSA for those arriving in the UK, a limit to the length of time JSA can be claimed and newly arrived EEA jobseekers not being able to claim housing benefit.


As a result of this, the DWP reports that there has been a significant decline in the number of EEA nationals claiming JSA and JSA-passported housing benefit:


From November 2013 to January 2017 there was a 47 per cent fall in the number of new JSA claims by EEA nationals


From November 2013 to November 2016 there was a 76 per cent fall in the caseload of EEA nationals claiming JSA


Since March 2014 there has been a 76 per cent fall in the number of new housing benefit claims made by EEA jobseekers and an 83 per cent fall in the national caseload of EEA jobseekers claiming housing benefit


Before the measures were introduced around 8 per cent of EEA national JSA claims began within 90 days of arrival in the UK, this has since fallen to around 1 per cent


The amount of time EEA nationals spend on JSA (for short term claims) has fallen from an average of 86 days in 2013 to an average of 65 days

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