European Union

  • European nationals and sickness benefits

    Issue 250 (February 2016)
    article

    Henri Krishna looks at rules which determine which European state is responsible for the payment of certain ‘cash sickness benefits’.

  • Residence rights round-up

    Issue 247 (August 2015)
    article

    Henri Krishna examines the most significant developments in residence-related rights for European migrants over the last year.

  • Politically acceptable poverty

    Issue 149 (Autumn 2014)
    article

    In the current popular discourse the media and the government have positioned migrants from the European Union (EU) as welfare threats and, despite the evidence that they are net contributors to the economy, as acceptable targets for welfare reform.In addition to the stream of new rules reducing their entitlement, EU migrants also face a host of hidden administrative obstacles, impairing their access to welfare benefits to which they are entitled under EU law.

  • Missing potential: why the European funds should be used to support parental employment in London

    June 2013
    briefing

    London has the highest child poverty rates in the country, and the lowest rates of mothers employment. This briefing argues that the next round of the European Social Fund from 2014 should be used in London to support parents to access paid work.

  • Child benefits in the European Union

    Issue 139 (Summer 2011)
    article

    The future of a universal child benefit in the UK is currently under threat. Here Jonathan Bradshaw looks at how the UK compares with other European Union countries in its provision of child benefits

  • Ending child poverty: a right or a responsibility?

    Issue 142 (Summer 2012)
    article

    This year the European Union will publish its Recommendation on Child Poverty. This is expected to be based on three ‘pillars’ – access to adequate resources, access to services and opportunities, and children’s participation – and to argue for a strong rights-based approach to eradicating child poverty. In 2011, the current coalition administration published the first government child poverty strategy in the UK. At its heart, lies a commitment to ‘strengthening families, encouraging responsibility, promoting work, guaranteeing fairness and providing support to the most vulnerable’. Stephen Crossley and Tracy Shildrick explore these two very different approaches.

  • Exporting AA, CA and DLA to other EEA member states

    Issue 191 (April 2006)
    article

    Pamela Fitzpatrick describes provisions on exporting certain benefits relating to disability within the EEA.