Thursday, June 05, 2008


MIGRANT parents are claiming 33million Pounds a year in child benefits – for kids who might not even live here.

EU rules mean citizens of other member states who work here can cash in on our child welfare system for their families back home.

A Polish father with three children can claim nearly 45 pounds a week without the youngsters ever entering Britain.

Hand-outs have soared 72% in the last nine months alone.

More than 24,000 workers from former Soviet states in Eastern Europe now claim the benefit compared with 14,000 last June.

This is yet another example of how Gordon Brown has lost control of Government spending Shadow Treasury chief Philip Hammond

The bulk of the claims are made by Poles. Nearly 36,000 Polish youngsters receive the UK allowance.

And the true cost of the payouts could be even higher than the figures reveal – because EU migrant workers are also entitled to claim tax credits for children.

The Government has not revealed how much is being paid out on those.

The benefit figures have been highlighted by Shadow Treasury chief Philip Hammond – who claimed the pay-outs made a mockery of Gordon Brown’s pledge to tackle child poverty at home.

He said: “At a time when child poverty is rising, child benefit money is being siphoned off to children who don’t even live here.

“The Government has no way of checking if these claims are genuine.

“This is yet another example of how Gordon Brown has lost control of Government spending.”

A Whitehall source said: “When Gordon Brown promised to tackle child poverty we thought he meant here in Britain, not in Poland and Lithuania.

“No one imagined he’d be giving away our money to children growing up elsewhere.”

Treasury financial secretary Jane Kennedy said the tax credit figures were “not available”.