EU nationals settlement scheme entitlement to benefits

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Ioannis Chomatenos

Dear Department for Work And Pensions

Could you please clarify the benefit entitlement for EU nationals who have successfully applied and received Pre Settled Status, called also Leave to Remain for 5 years:

1. Will they have access to benefits after the transition period ends?

2. If they have access to benefits, will that depend on how much time they work during that time?

3. If someone is considered qualified as jobseekers, should they have entitlement to benefits? If not, why?

4. What are the rules for accessing benefits for EU nationals on Pre-settled status after the transition period ends in 31 December 2020?

5. Please release the numbers of applications made for Universal Credits by EU nationals for the period December 2019- May 2020.

6. For the same period stated above, please release the total number of benefits applications for EU nationals who have applied without having received presettled or settled status; including approved and rejected applications.

7. For the same period stated above, please release the total number of benefits applications made by EU nationals who have received pre settled and settled status, including approved and rejected applications.

8. Release any performance indicators imposed to benefits assessors in relation to applications made by EU nationals.

9. Please release any internal memos in relations to approval or refusals of benefits applications made by EU nationals.

I understand that all these data could take longer to gather, therefore i would accept any reasonable delays in answering all the questions above.

Yours faithfully,

Ioannis Chomatenos

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Dear Ioannis Chomatenos,

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