Friday, March 13, 2009

State paying child benefit to 10,000 living abroad

TEN THOUSAND children who live abroad are in receipt of child benefit in this State. Under EU law, children who live in another EU country qualify for child benefit if one of their parents is living and working in Ireland.

The secretary general of the Department of Social and Family Affairs, Bernadette Lacey, said 6,000 families where the children live abroad qualify for child benefit, with 80 per cent of them coming from Poland.

The child benefit payments cost the State €20 million annually.

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