Written answers

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Department of Social Protection

Social Welfare Benefits

9:00 pm

Photo of Niall CollinsNiall Collins (Limerick, Fianna Fail)
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Question 353: To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of countries receiving Irish child benefit; the cost involved; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23535/11]

Photo of Joan BurtonJoan Burton (Minister, Department of Social Protection; Dublin West, Labour)
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The social security rights of people living and working in the EU are governed by EU Regulations which co-ordinate social security systems and are designed to ensure that people are not disadvantaged by moving within the EU to take up work.

For the purposes of EU Regulations, Irish Child Benefit is classified as a Family Benefit and there are specific rules governing the payment of these benefits. EU Nationals who come to work in Ireland but whose families reside in another EU Member State may have an entitlement to family benefits in Ireland under EU Regulations.

Child Benefit is currently being paid in respect of 7,635 non - resident children of 4,836 families spread throughout all twenty six Member States. A breakdown of these customers by country is not readily available. In 2010, the total cost was €15.4million. This represents less than 1% of total Child Benefit expenditure.

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